Sitting with one of the residents today, he asked me”what are you dreaming about?” My first reply was “are you asking about what I dreamt last night, or my dreams of the future?” He told me to answer either, and because I didn’t remember my dream from last night, I told him “I hope to do good in the world.” In which he told me, “I think you are doing good in the world.”
I have been thinking about this all day. Firstly, it is such an interesting way to start a question, especially to come from someone with dementia. What would happen if that was how we started conversations with people around us?
I have also been thinking about the other things that I dream about, the things that would have make the conversation long, complicated, too personal.
I dream of a world of peace.
I dream of getting married and having children.
I dream of becoming a rabbi.
I dream of actually doing what I set out to do.
I dream of a world where I don’t need to fight so much to just exist.
I dream of being able to learn all the material I need, and actually remembering it all.
I dream of creating intergenerational communities.
I dream of ways to incorporate indiviual attention for nursing care, so that no one just sitting stareing into space.
I dream of ways to make Judaism more inclusive, and potentially egalitarian.
I dream of traveling to different countries around the world, to experience new and different cultures.
I wish I wouldn’t, but I do, dream of what could have been.
I dream of ways that I think I can do good in the world, and that I am doing it in the right way.
So, what are you dreaming about?
(feel free to answer in the comments)