So, do dreams mean anything?
I normally don't remember my dreams, but I could recall this one vividly after waking. In it, I wasn't myself, and I'm not sure I *was* the person in the dream. It was a child, a young boy, and I saw him from a third person perspective visually...but felt his "emotions" as though they were my own, and sometimes saw through his eyes.
The story, as it played out, filled my mind with tons of information in a very short space in time. The boy had moved to this town a year earlier, and this was obviously not the first time he'd moved away. He had a father that was a career man, always on the move and never at home. There was a mother that just tried, desperately, to hold things together with a semblance of normalcy for a kid that essentially did not have a father, just a man whose physical living space had to be the child's as well. Over the past year, the boy had found one friend, a girl of the same age. The two were in a room together, when the mother walks in and is obviously trying to put on a proud and happy face, because the father figure got a promotion, and they need to move. Again. Immediately.
The story goes on, and it's a downward spiral of loneliness, stupidity, and regret from there on. Eventually my mind decided to split off from the setting because it was getting emotionally taxing, so the story in front of me became a "film" that "I" was watching. But the story trudges on. The boy grows up. He clings to any sort of emotional grounding he can find, and this leads to a string of ill-conceived relationships with any girl that will take him, because he had his first love wretched from underneath him. Eventually he gets married, more out of a fear of being alone for the rest of his life than out of love. His life becomes miserable, so he throws himself into work. And so his life ends up perpetuating a cycle.
It's a very cliche story, I know. But my subconscious mind isn't exactly a novelist.
So, to repeat the first question: Do dreams mean anything? Do any dreams stick out powerfully or vividly to you?