My Recurring Dream

What's yours?
  1. In my recurring dream, I have parked my car hurriedly in a complicated or inconvenient or crime-ridden or hard-to-remember place. Weeks have gone by and now I realize with dread that I have forgotten my car, and I am unlikely to be able to get it back.
  2. Haven't had it in a really long time but off and on for a few months I would find myself in a pitch black room with a bunch of other people standing above me (I was on the floor). I could only see their shadows/outlines. After lots of confusion, one of the men would pull out a gun and point it at me- then I would wake up. 😰😰😰
    Suggested by   @rowanblanchard
  3. I can do endless pull-ups effortlessly, and I'm like, "Wow, this is so easy!"
    Suggested by   @TheAnne
  4. My metabolism is like that of a hummingbird, allowing me to eat any and everything.
    Suggested by   @dave
  5. I get a call from the rabbi who officiated my bat mitzvah in 1995. He tells me he has been going over his records and as it turns out, I did not actually complete my studies. I must come to my hometown synagogue immediately to read my Torah portion to the congregation or I won't officially be considered an adult.
    Suggested by   @gabimoskowitz
  6. I'm in a suite of rooms at the old Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel in pre-gambling Atlantic City, trying to pack my belongings and check out. For some reason I can't. The halls contract and stretch endlessly. There is no exit.
    Suggested by   @Bourdain
  7. I haven't had it in years, but it was the sun setting behind a meager hill with silhouettes of people running over it, with the faint soundtrack of my mother screaming. It was horrible.
    Suggested by   @jeremysomething
  8. I suddenly realize I have skipped an entire semester of a class I had no interest in, but I have to take the final. And have no idea what I'm doing.
    Suggested by   @THEToughCookie
  9. Plane crash. Dream always starts mid-flight, then goes perilously wrong. I experience the plummet, then awake just before we crash. Over the years, I've learned that I have these dreams when I am anxious about something that has not quite permeated my consciousness.
    Suggested by   @aswinn
  10. I have the ol' timeless "all my teeth fell out" dream, which I've read means that you're afraid of looking bad in front of other people. Decidedly boring. I've also had several weird and torrid nocturnal affairs with Andy Samberg; once on a cruise ship. Wheeee!
    Suggested by   @glossanddirt
  11. Mine is trying to walk on broken legs. Good times, and probably Psych 101 material.
    Suggested by   @JessePearson
  12. I meet Britney Spears, and we become best friends, and I tell her it's so crazy that this is actually happening, because I've had a dream about this so many times.
    And then I wake up
    Suggested by   @mlh
  13. Someone is mean to me, usually a girl I'm trying to be nice to in my dream, then everyone sides with her. Everyone starts getting aggressive, and when I try to fight back, none of my punches land as hard as I'd like. I start crying and keep hitting but they won't stop being aggressive and hating me.
    It's probably something about how I think everyone hates me and I'm not as powerful as I want to be. It terrifies me.
    Suggested by   @olive
  14. At least once a month I dream it's finals time and I haven't been to my French class all semester because I didn't know I was enrolled. I desperately seek out the room for the class so I can get to the review session and I can't find it. MERDE.
    As a chronic 4.0 person this wakes me up IN A SWEAT.
    Suggested by   @AlexandraLouise
  15. My dream is that I have guests staying over and I've fallen asleep without setting up the sofa bed for them. I imagine them sitting on the couch waiting for me. At least 2 or 3x a month, I wake up with a start, shoot out of bed, run into the living room, and turn on the lights-- to find no one.
    Suggested by   @jenny
  16. I kill Barbie in self-defense but like I'm often on rollerblades?
    Suggested by   @Debby
  17. have to go back to high school, can't remember where my car is, sketchy flight
    Suggested by   @esther
  18. I've been signed by an NHL hockey team. A couple players got hurt and they couldn't get anyone from their minor league team in time for the game, so they sign me to a one game contract. But when I go to get ready, I'm late and can't get my pads on or my skates tied. What should be a pleasurable fantasy becomes a stressful nightmare.
    Suggested by   @kce00
  19. I'm searching for something but I can't remember what it is and it always involving running and some kind of time clock and then I wake up and I'm exhausted...
    Suggested by   @dena
  20. I'm trying to get somewhere (whatever major thing is going on) and I know where it is but the world around keeps changing, like a fun house. I'm the only one who thinks it's different so people look at me like I'm crazy when I plead for directions. Feels like it goes on forever and then I wake up. Also everything @AlexandraLouise said but Spanish.
    Suggested by   @abbyzeecee
  21. I'm in my old high school, which was a very tall building, and I'm supposed to go to a class but I've never received my schedule so I'm wandering the stairs. Usually they become some MC Escher crap before long. Then I remember that I'm no longer in high school and I get very annoyed and realize this is that same dream again. Then I wake up
    Suggested by   @dcerruti
  22. My childhood reoccurring dream is far better than any I have now. I am being chased by a man in a neon orange space suit and Oprah saves me every time. Thank you Oprah!!
    Suggested by   @ErinFlaherty
  23. When I was younger, I didn't have so much as recurring dreams as a recurring dream characteristic--in every dream (that I remembered, at least) I couldn't open my eyes all the way. I wasn't so much blind as my eyelids were just so, so heavy. I haven't had a dream like this in years, though
    Suggested by   @nina
  24. I'm in Oxford with my husband (who's never been) and I realize we're only a street away from the pub I worked at when I was there, called The Eagle and Child. I tell everyone (cast varies) we have to go over and have a beer. Sometimes we get there in the dream- usually we don't.
    Suggested by   @HeatherQuinn
  25. I am in a mysterious, urgent maze, the sort only dream logic would allow. I recognize it every time I'm dreaming but can barely remember it outside
    Every time I "die" I wake up and, crucially, the recurring of the dream means I am confident and remember details. One detail I remember 'learning' is that zombies will dissolve if I write "9987" on them in yellow highlighter. Again, dream logic.
    Suggested by   @LevNovak
  26. I had a recurring childhood dream that starts with me waking up in my room, but the proportions are off in an Alice in Wonderland way. I shrink and the walls grow very tall. Climbing out of bed takes a long time. And once I do, the proportions change again. By the time I get to the door I wake up for real, more tired than rested.
    Suggested by   @rachel
  27. I'm on a layover in Charles de Gaulle airport with x number of hours to kill - sometimes just 3 or 4. Sometimes many more. The whole dream is me hand-wringing over whether I should go into Paris for a quick trip or stay in the airport. I've had this dream a few times a year, sometimes much more often, since 2001. It explains a great deal of me.
    Suggested by   @lizonthelake
  28. As a kid I had this recurring dream where Dustin Hoffman dressed as Captain Hook was chasing me around my grandparents house during a dinner party and no one would help me. I love that movie, but he still makes my skin crawl.
    Suggested by   @joannaspicer
  29. I never dream I can fly, but often dream I can bounce really high while running. I also dream that loved ones and I are lined up with hundreds of others waiting our turn to be crushed by a giant screw twisting into the earth and I am trying to figure out how we can get away with the guards noticing.
    Suggested by   @Caissie
  30. I'm back at the video store I managed when I was 20. It's dollar-rental day, the store is packed, and I can't remember how the incredibly ornate, pre-computerized checkout system of little index cards works. Everyone in line is getting frustrated as I frantically try to keep up!
    Suggested by   @angusisley
  31. When I was a kid I dreamed (for YEARS) I was being chased through a maze of cobblestone streets by a pack of horses. I get to the middle of a bridge where I have nowhere else to go, so I jump. Right as I'm about to hit the ground, I wake up.
    Suggested by   @sschenk
  32. I'm in The Merry Wives of Windsor (a play I was indeed in in high school) and they've added a whole bunch of new scenes (rewrite Shakespeare? Why not?) and I have no clue what my lines are and it's not that easy to improv in verse!
    It's always Merry Wives, too. So oddly specific.
    Suggested by   @mandi
  33. It's the Holocaust, and I am on a boat being taken to a bad place, but my friend Josh Berkowitz & I are hiding in the bottom of the boat, hoping no one sees us. In real life, I only knew Josh Berkowitz for one year in 7th grade, and I can't imagine why my subconscious has cast him in my weird sea-bound Holocaust misadventure, but it's always him.
    Oh. And we are wearing pilgrim garb.
    Suggested by   @Jac
  34. I'm in an elevator and as I'm moving upwards my body gets stuck to the ceiling. I lose complete control.
    Suggested by   @mianguyen
  35. I meet Beyoncé and it's magical but then I am trying to take a selfie with her so I know that I met her for real and not just in a dream, but my phone doesn't work or she has to go say hi to someone so I never get the picture I want.
    Suggested by   @snavin
  36. My dad finds my weed! I don't even smoke a lot of weed, and he's never found it anyway, but it's like all the times I got away with hiding it in high school weren't even worth it cause once a month, in my dreams, I'm in deep shit cause the weed is def in my top drawer and he's like, "Will, what is this?" and it's weed, and it's mine
    Suggested by   @willrunge