How dreams affect us
Here's a short, funny note about how 'real' my dreams are, and what effect they have on my brain/memory:
Here in the real world, the tub in my washing machine has always leaned to the right, so when I open the washing machine lid and look inside, I can clearly see that it is leaning over. I've tried various things to level the washing machine, but the tub still leans to the right, so I usually just push it back to the left, and start the laundry.
Yesterday morning when I lifted the lid on the washing machine, I was surprised to see it still leaning to the right. I thought for sure a friend of mine had fixed it, so it really caught me by surprise that it was still over to the side a little.
I stood there and looked at it for a few moments, and then realized that sure enough, he fixed it all right -- in a dream about a week ago. I laughed, and started the laundry.
Again, this isn't something I give a lot of thought to; it was just open the lid, followed by a moment of surprise, and a few moments of trying to remember. I didn't recall that dream until this moment. But if it says anything about my memory, or how dreams affect my memory, I thought I'd share it here.
I really do think a lot of people are affected by their dreams, but they just don't remember them. Whenever I hear the phrase, "I got up on the wrong side of the bed today", I think that they must have had a bad dream (though I could be wrong).