By Brent, 14
I lay there aching
with pain. I felt my body relax, but my muscles tensed as I fell asleep
in the darkness. I had a mysterious dream about deserts, ice caves, and
deep oceans, including trapdoors and hidden passages. I felt so sleepy
like all my energy had slipped away in seconds. I hopelessly, as gravity
worked against me, began to fall asleep. I soon entered my dream. I was
momentarily blinded from the real world and entered the world of fantasy
and the unknown. I soon realized that things aren't always what they seem.
I tried to seek knowledge and understanding as they soon slipped away
from my grasp. I ended up in confusion on the sandy desert of the Sahara.
Sand raged toward my face as the wind blew harder and harder. I felt like
it was dissolving my cheeks and eating away at my body. My feet seemed
twenty pounds. I tried to lift them one by one as I walked helplessly
in the dry, fierce desert. There was a sense of loneliness that I never
felt, a scary eerie feeling, like I might never get back. Suddenly, I
fell through what seemed like a trapdoor, to another dimension perhaps,
as I fell deeper and deeper into my dream.
I found myself in a cave filled with ice and solid rock. The icicles hung
like knives ready to strike at any moment. I cautiously walked into another
pathway that was filled with even more despair. The cave felt like energy
frozen in time, just waiting to fly out at me and fill the cave with death.
But for now, I felt nothing. I walked instinctively through the darkness.
Trying to find my way using all of my senses. Is this even a dream, or
a quarrel with my conscience to try and make sense of all of this confusion
around me? I felt around, like trying to grasp integrity or a certain
strength to figure out this entropy, this puzzle. I screamed as I fell
through yet another hidden passage. I felt enthralled into an abstract
episode of emptiness. I clutched onto my dignity, so all wouldn't be fully
lost as I entered a fierce and huge body of water, the Pacific Ocean.
I partially drowned as I struggled to regain strength to over power the
majestic waves to get a breath of air. My mind went blank. It was like
this was my destiny, I had to face it, but didn't want to. I was so confused
and bewildered in every way as the last few seconds of my life began to
fade. I still fought, even knowing that everything was lost. Suddenly,
a wave crashed into the swirling water and slightly pushed me to the top.
I took a long, fresh breath of air. A certain calmness came over me as
I silently floated to a nearby island that looked alive, but was deserted.
I released all of my worries and problems, and vulnerably laid there.
Hours soon past and I still laid there in agonizing pain and confusion.
I remembered the past and provoked questions of the future as I closed
my eyes and soon fell asleep.
Slowly, carefully, I woke up from my dream. An involuntary discomfort
came over me. I wasn't even sure if I was alive. It felt so real. It taught
me that things aren't what they seem. As I felt sleepy and weak before,
I now felt like I was filled with a sort of intellect. It seemed like
days had past, but only hours, dull hours that were meant to be wasted.
I quickly sprung up to only find myself in a maze of even more confusion,
like the mystifying dream was sending me a message, a vibe to me teaching
a lesson, a piece of knowledge that I will cherish time and time again.
It is only now where that information is really becoming true. While on
my way to find my true identity, reaching my goals, fulfilling my dreams,
and experiencing life itself. A lesson that teaches that the future is
Years went by, and the thoughts that had rambled through my mind once
before were now appearing. They were coming true. I was now age 24 and
was chosen to go on a Safari through the desert of the Sahara, ice caves,
and in deep oceans to find fossils. To complete my training with a taste
of experience for my profession, an Archeologist. It seems that the dream
was telling me of what was to come. Teaching me moral values. It showed
me a glimpse of where I was going in my life. I sat amazed at how real
this all was. It could simply be a coquina, or just nothing, but there
is that possibility that it could be something. A lesson in life perhaps.
Millions of questions about dreams will be asked, but none answered. The
power of dreams can make you delirious, or change your way of life. Perhaps
dreams are to strong, uncontrollably manipulative. I wouldn't even begin