Do you have a recurring dream? My dreams aren't usually the exact same dream so much as a theme. They typically are about houses and graveyards. But in a good way.
All types of houses - palatial, modern, gothic, cramped, secluded, etc. Exploring the layout of the houses. Upon awakening from a house dream, I'd be able to draw a blue print of the house in my dream and vividly describe every detail, piece of furniture and speck of dust.
The graveyards in my dreams aren't the spooky, cobweb-covered nightmarish kind. They're the kind with old markers, that I'm usually eagerly discovering on crisp fall days with lots of golden leaves in the trees and on the ground. The kind of cemetery where I feel peaceful and am wanting to uncover bits of my family history.
But the past few months my dreams have been about a large city. It's a city that seems familiar but isn't a city I've been to in waking life. It's bustling with lots of cars and buses and taxis and pedestrians. In my dreams, I've visited different areas of the same city.
Last night it was a beautiful museum next to a small river. I was so overtaken by the beauty of the scenery of the shops and parks just across the river that I didn't make it inside the museum, instead framing pictures in my camera's viewfinder looking through weeping willow branches.
Yes, yes. I know what each dream "means". Houses usually relate to oneself and personality. Graveyards typically relate to unresolved grief. Cities generally relate to community and one's social environments.
But do you think that this could be a case of a cigar being a cigar? As a child, I wanted to be an architect and to this day still love drawing floor plans for my dream home (no pun intended). I'm a genealogist who adores working in graveyards. And I love to travel, often to large cities to experience new cultures.
Either that, or I'm a person with an ever-changing personality, who is grieving over someone or something, but who has a large circle of friends and opportunities. I'll stick with the cigar theory.
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