Thursday, August 30, 2012

living in the Shadowlands

 “Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?”
 --The Great Divorce 

So, here's the thing about being at school: I never dream.
I never dream.  

Sometimes, I can remember hints of one or two dreams, but with the first sip of morning coffee, they evaporate along with the cloud of drowsiness wreathing my head. 

At school, I get away with very little sleep. I can't stay asleep long if the sun's up, especially if my window faces East.

One of the first things I notice when I go home are my dreams. Sleeping is a completely different activity at school and at home. At home, I spend hours sleeping each night, and get lost in beautiful, crazy, bizarre dreams. I luxuriate in dreaming. But you can't wake up quite as refreshed if you've spent the whole night having adventures in your mind. When I realized that I never dreamed at school, I missed it. It seemed glamorously tragic: giving up dreaming. The Anne Shirley in me was in awe, for "Giving up Your Dreams" seemed awfully, tragically Romantic.

One of those cheesy love quotes tossed around teh interwebz quotes Dr. Seuss as saying: “You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

I don't know what sorts of dreams Dr. Seuss had, (probably wonderful and fanciful visions filled with Sneetches and beaches and green eggs and ham) but I, like him, would sacrifice dreams for the real thing any day. 

"Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly."
--The Great Divorce

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