I have been having all sorts of life-like dreams lately. That's how I usually dream. I don't dream the bizarre. I dream things that actually could happen. And the stars of my dreams are the people who I interact with regularly.
Last night, I dreamed I met the guy of my dreams. He was everything I've ever wanted (and many things I never knew I wanted). We hit it off immediately. I was totally into him. He was totally into me. The evening was progressing quite well.
My friend, Jared, happened to stop by.
Jared and I have been friends for a little over a year. He is one of my favorite people to talk with. We can talk for hours. And hours. And hours. He and my roommate used to spend a lot of time together and so often, he'd be at my house when I'd come home at night. One of my favorite conversations occurred one night when I came home to a pitch black house. (Supposedly they heard me pull up and turned off the tv to scare me. Sure, I believe it.) I followed my usual routine of getting a drink of water, never turning on the lights. And then my roommate said my name. Having seen Jared's Jeep out front, I greeted them both. Jared and I started talking right there in the dark. I don't remember what we talked about, but I remember it being a great conversation. For several hours. In the dark. Needless to say, with all this conversing, Jared and I have formed a very solid bond. We have talked each other through some challenging life experiences and have spent many a good hour out and about enjoying life.
Back to my dream.
Sometime during the evening, Jared got really sick. I mean really sick. The kind of sick that he needed the care and attention of someone else to endure this sickness. I began tending to Jared's needs and almost entirely ignoring my dream guy.
Well, a dream guy can't be perfect. This guy possessed some jealousy issues and maybe lacked some confidence. Upon seeing the intimacy in the way I cared for Jared (being able to anticipate his needs and communicate with him without talking much), my dream guy assumed this meant that I was secretly and madly in love with Jared. My dream guy abruptly left before we could naturally end the evening and before I could seal my fate (you know, by securing future dates and such).
Once I realized this, I got Jared taken care of well enough that I could dash out the door. Of course, I was barefoot and there was snow on the ground. (Because of my real-life distaste for snow, I think snow in my dreams symbolizes when something has gone awry.) I ran as far as I could before my feet couldn't stand it. I ran back and grabbed some shoes. Of course the only shoes I could find were heels. That didn't make for a quick journey in the snow. He was already gone.
Now, I have to somehow convince the man of my dreams (literally and figuratively) that my compassion represented true charity and not passionate romantic love for Jared. But I'm not worried. If anyone can convince anyone of something, it's Jared. (Most of the conversations I had with him were essentially debates.) Jared will just convince my dream man that these actions speak volumes of my character and the kind of love he can anticipate throughout our relationship.
Too bad it was all just a dream.
I also dreamed last night that I was hiking in Zion National Park when an earthquake struck. The roads were destroyed or covered in rocks, so my friends and I had to hike out of the park. And for some reason, I was wearing Converse sneakers. Not sound hiking shoes.
I probably shouldn't have gone to bed with sore feet last night.