I don't know much about the human brain nor how it works, but I believe that what we experience and think about in our waking life manifests itself in our dreams.
Have you ever woken up from a dream crying and/or laughing ? I've experienced both and it happened again this morning.
My dream early this morning (isn't that when REM happens?) involved an old fishing buddy/friend. In the dream, we were on a fishing trip and he was trying to get all romantic with me and I playfully pushed him away. He had wanted to slow dance and when we started dancing, we fell through the wood floor and landed in a mud pit! I laughed in my dream and when I woke up, I was laughing so hard, I had tears in my eyes! I lay there laughing for about five minutes until my sides hurt. Laughter is the best medicine for what ails us :)
Here's why I had that dream:
Late last night, the very friend in my dream (who I haven't heard from in six months) sent me a photo via text of him proudly holding up a huge trout that didn't look too happy. We've been friends for years and I secretly think he has a crush on me, but I would never jeopardize our friendship (and he has a girlfriend) so, I've jokingly pushed away his friendly advances.
After I received my friend's text, I watched a comedy with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin (just before bed) entitled, "It's Complicated". It was complicated! Divorced ten years, Streep and Baldwin start an affair while he's married to someone else. See? It was all connected and led to my dream!
Our brains are so complicated that it boggles the mind. My dream was a composite of things I'd experienced and thought about before bed. The falling through the wood floor part stumps me though. I'd watched the newest episode of "Walking Dead" before the comedy and I don't think anyone fell through the floor (although a dozen zombies or so bit the dust last night) and it certainly isn't a comedy! The falling through the floor into a mud pit did make me laugh, however. I know what makes me laugh :)
I suppose I needed that laugh this morning after losing my manuscript edits yesterday that I'd been working on for two weeks straight. It worked and so, onward and upward we go!
Peace and love,