No, this is not a post about Hakeem Olajuwon. I rarely dream when I sleep. I suppose I might be dreaming and forget that I did but it’s difficult to say for sure. When I do dream though it’s been the same dream for the last couple months. I had the dream again last night.
I’m hesitant to call it a nightmare since it’s not a scary dream but then again I’m not dreaming about being surrounded by supermodels and fried chicken. The situation I always find myself in is thusly: I am for some reason enrolled in a math or science course at the university level. I have attended the first couple of classes but do not show up for subsequent ones. I also do none of the course work. I believe I neglect the class simply because I get too busy and then forget about it, possibly because of my work commitments.
The main part of my dream centers around the moment I realize I’m still in this course, I’ve done no work for it, and the final exam is either next week or very soon. The dream never proceeds any further than that. I never actually dream that I miss the final exam.
I’m not sure what to make of this dream. When I was at UBC, I never had this happen literally. I never missed a final and I never forgot I was enrolled in a class. I’ve actually heard of people failing classes because they forgot they were still enrolled but this is rare and such stories didn’t really strike fear in me. So is the course a metaphor for something? Am I neglecting some responsibility that I’ve forgotten about? Is it a responsibility to someone? My family? My friends? Who? Maybe I’m neglecting a responsibility to myself! Oh noes!
Dream analysis isn’t an exact science. Perhaps this dream means nothing at all.