I got an email from a college student in Ireland asking me about the sort of things I dream about. This may seem out of the blue, and it sort of was, but once upon a time I had created a YouTube video talking about how blind people dream. This lady stumbled across the video and reached out to me because she is doing a research study on how blind people dream.
She asked me a few questions and while I was responding to her I realized something interesting.
Way back in palo Alto, during my blind rehab, I started taking over the counter melatonin. Since I have no light perception my body has issues naturally producing melatonin on schedule which in turn screws up my sleep cycle. Since I started taking melatonin I’ve been right as rain but those little pills cause some pretty crazy dreams. Not only are they usually very strange but they are almost always extremely vivid.
While pondering how I dream and the normal topics I realized that not counting my wife and eldest child I have never had a dream about anyone I’ve met since I lost my sight. I’ve only had a handful of dreams about Jesse and I’m never able to see her. I either somehow never look at her or she is always in shadow. Sort of like a Dementor if you know what I mean.
In all of my dreams I can see. sometimes the fact that i’m blind never even comes up, other times I know I’m blind but can still see everything going on and in those ones I always feel like I’ve got some sort of awesome advantage over everyone else.
It’s weird that I never noticed until now that the only people in my dreams are those from the past. I’m fascinated by this and I’m sure there’s a psychologist who has some fancy guess as to why this is, but the fact that nobody knows makes it just that much more interesting to me.
Most of my dreams are filled with old friends from high school. Very rarely is there ever anyone from Fort Riley involved. Lot’s of times I have some project or homework that I didn’t do but need to turn in and I’m always rushing to copy someone else’s or make something up. It’s like going through high school all over again.
You might also be surprised to know that I’ve only had two dreams about Afghanistan. Same area, same group of guys, and same old routine patrols. They were totally boring and underwhelming. I thought they might stir some emotions but it was just sort of…blah. Of all the crazy dreams I have one would think that Afghanistan would be a regular in the lineup and that they would be disturbing or emotional but in reality they come very rarely and when they do they are rather uneventful.
Maybe I should track down one of those self proclaimed “dream experts” and try to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Until then though, I’ll enjoy the nightly craziness that is my subconscious.
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