Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?
True story: When I was about three years old, I remember not wanting to fall asleep. The reason for that? When I did fall asleep, I would have the same dream every night. First I would hear rhythmic footsteps, faintly at first and then louder and louder. They would speed up a little bit, too. And then my mind created a monster, or a witch, or something else very scary that was chasing me. I would try to run, but couldn’t get my feet off the ground.
Just before IT got me, I would wake up crying.
My poor mom and dad didn’t have any idea what was causing these dreams. This was way before we had a TV, so it couldn’t have been something I’d seen there. Maybe a picture book? There didn’t seem to be any answers.
Then one night my mom decided to sit by my bed while I fell asleep, and here is what she saw:
I would roll to my right side and tuck my hands under my ear.
Ka-thump. . .kathump. . . kathump. . . .
What I was hearing was my own heartbeat!
Problem solved. No more scary dreams. I learned to enjoy the sound, once I understood that it wasn’t a monster 🙂