I love to dream. I have wild, vivid dreams. Sometimes I have truly frightening nightmares. All I know is that there’s a direct correlation between how active my creativity is and how many dreams I have, which obviously makes sense.
From my dreams, I have created a large amount of songs, stories, and websites. I have had serial dreams, the most vivid being one where my house was swept away by a tornado. The first time it was my family’s barn, the second time it was the house I lived in growing up in River Heights. It wasn’t a regular tornado, though. It looked like a powdery, purple SOS pad and the sky was just as purple. The first one was more like the final scene in Twister and the second one looked like the Elie tornado, which I was 5 minutes away from when it happened.
I have never had a flying dream but I’ve definitely had the falling asleep sensation: that feeling where you jolt awake after hitting the ground, you get tossed over the bow of your dad’s boat after hitting a wave, or you fall off your bed because it’s tipping upright (which wasn’t because of having a few too many, I might add).
Just last week I dreamed I was regretting a confrontation with someone. I wasn’t allowed in a pet store because the manager didn’t like me because I was rude with her employee who had been rude to me. I had seen this white lizard and there was something about it that intrigued me (besides waking up and telling myself they don’t exist, even though they do). I met up with my mom in the mall and she wanted to go to the pet store. I reluctantly went with her, and was allowed back in after apologizing. My mom bought me the white lizard, without even mentioning it. The mall also made it look like we were in the 1980s (maybe it was Grant Park before the renovations they started last fall). I have no idea why I had this dream (I like cats, especially kittens. Not reptiles!) but my mom is an avid dream dictionary reader and said it means purity and creativity.
I’ve seen my creativity go through spurts where I literally don’t sleep for months and I get maybe 4 hours of sleep a night. Then during other periods I had really good ideas come fewer and farther between. I saw an interview clip with a huge pop star who writes her own music and lyrics, and she said she has to grab every idea and record it down somewhere. If she doesn’t honour her creativity, it doesn’t honour her. I’ve found this to be invaluable advice, as evidenced by my Tina Fey-esque sticky note wall.
Creativity is crucial to CreComm and our industry and I’ve seen such amazing ideas and off the wall thinking from my classmates, which helps stimulate my thinking even more. I’m reaching a new high. Dreams have given me great ideas and lots of ideas come to me while I’m doing dishes; it takes me two hours to do the dishes because I have to stop every 5 minutes, dry my hands, and write my idea down.
What kinds of ideas have your dreams inspired, how do keep your creativity stimulated and where do you find that you get a lot of your ideas? Let me know in the comments!