A Toronto Transformation

Dream Diary – Shedding my Skin

purple, feathered masquerade mask

Last week I dreamed that I peeled a thin layer of skin off my face.

It was an odd sensation, though not entirely unpleasant, as it just seemed to be dry and ready to fall away like I was a snake, shedding her skin. It came away almost in one piece to reveal fresh new skin underneath.

Shedding my skin and taking off a mask.

Seems about right.

The past year has seen me really question a lot of things I thought were certainties and a lot of things I took for granted about myself and my life. Compared to the year before of course, it’s been a quiet year. No whirlwind engagements or core-shaking, heart-breaking breakups.

Nonetheless it’s been a year of re-building, of taking stock of what was left when the dust settled and shifting of expectations and beliefs to fit the picture I was left with. Quiet, internal changes made no less monumental by their invisibility.

It’s always so strange to have a moment or a dream make you suddenly aware that you’re changing, growing, stretching beyond your capabilities and limits and what you new before. Usually you don’t know you’re changing until you look back.

Metamorphocity, indeed.

Or maybe it’s just a sign I’m due for my first chemical peel.

(and by “first” I of course mean, I am never doing that)

I think it’s so fascinating that even when we shut everything else down, our brains are left to wander and sometimes to try to continue to puzzle out the challenges we face when we’re awake. How sometimes they make us aware of things we’re too busy to think about in our waking life.

What have you been dreaming about lately?

4 Responses to Dream Diary – Shedding my Skin

  • Ashley says:

    I often have weird dreams of my teeth falling out or driving without being able to see. I guess I don’t know where I’m going with my life, or I don’t like the things I say? Dreams are weird 😉

    • Sarah says:

      The tooth dream! Such a classic. It’s usually a stress dream but I think sometimes it also indicates change in life or fear of aging. I used to have the teeth falling out or crumbling dreams a lot, but the weirdest one was where I realized that I was growing extra rows of teeth behind my regular teeth in the roof of my mouth kind of like a shark! I have those blind dreams too, where suddenly I realize I’m going sort of sun-blind. It’s so stressful!

  • Peter DeWolf says:

    The other night I had a dream that I was in a war with a group of people from the opposite end of the political spectrum. *Cough* Dirty Tories *Cough* *Cough*

    I was trapped in their turf and trying to get out of there, Warriors-style!

    • WordPress.com Support says:

      HA! That’s pretty much how I feel all the time with Harper in charge and Rob Ford as mayor.

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