My dreams aren’t that memorable.

My dreams aren’t particularly memorable. At least, that’s what I assume; I don’t remember them when I wake. Adulthood has made them boring.

I know I dream despite drawing memory blanks because I haven’t gone insane, an unfortunate side-effect of an inability to reach REM sleep. [i]

I no longer have the nightmare problems I had as a child. When I was eight, and then again at eleven, I went through weeks of recurring nightmares and night terrors. I suppose it’s no coincidence that I was sexually molested at those ages.  

Sometimes, I remember fragments of dreams, snippets or whispers that pop into my conscious recollection when I’m awake and going about my business. The turn of a head or the smell of something cooking, and suddenly, there’s a little bit of remembered dream drifting around inside my head.

At least they drift away again once they’ve seen the light. It would be awful if the memories were like the interminable earworms that plague my existence. [ii] Besides, I know the secret to elimination. It’s not repeated playings of Karma Chameleon by The Culture Club, although that’s a popular suggested remedy.

You simply listen. Your brain wants something, so give in. [iii] Play the earworm song from beginning to end. Afterwards, the brain gets back to business.

The most recent of my earworms was generated by the prompt, but I don’t mind. I like ABBA. Super Trouper was one of the first albums I owned.


ABBA, 1979

[i] Something else I learned from Star Trek: TNG.

[ii] Yeah, I don’t actually mind them, but I felt like writing a dramatic sentence.

[iii] You don’t always give in. The brain is somewhat of a toddler – it doesn’t always make the choices.


Bloganuary 24: write about a dream you remember.

photo credit: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Night Terrors (1991)

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  1. Have you heard the new ABBA? I have not but am curious.

    As far as dreaming is concerned – I say that I rarely dream. There are times when I wake up and KNOW that I had a dream but can’t remember it. Rarely do I wake up and remember the entirety of it. Sometimes, something triggers the snippets throughout the day, but not always. The majority of the time, though, there is nothing – no memory of having dreamed. Yes, I do worry about this meaning something negative.

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    1. I have heard the new ABBA. Let’s just leave it at that.
      I used to worry a bit about it too, but then I decided I had enough worries on my plate and I’d give this one to Sigmund Freud: sometimes a cigar is just a cigar (he didn’t say that).

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  2. Sorry to hear about your childhood nightmares and not memorable dreams. My dreams are quite vivid and sometimes quite upsetting, and I swear the Trauma comes through them at times… or is being processed in my dreams….

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