How has the first month of 2020 treated you? I realised as I was planning my blog content for January that I totally missed my monthly mindscape for December – there was so much going on with the redesign it slipped through the net.
I’m pleased to bring it back though – I’ve talked before about the fact that these posts always do the worst traffic-wise, but I keep doing them because they’re something I enjoy. They allow me to play creatively and I think that’s important. So thank you for indulging me.
This month’s story was inspired by an image that took my breath away when searching, this one from Dee (@vanilla_papers). I think it’s the scale of the image that got me and I instantly thought about how it could form part of a dream-like scene. As soon as ideas start forming when I look at a picture, I know it’s the right one.
So, let’s see what ideas spring from the desert.
Slipping off her sandals she dug her toes into the sand. It was warm and oddly comforting. There was a slight breeze, taking the edge off the desert sun. She looked up and noticed the sky was a bright turquoise, unlike anything she’d ever seen before.
The sand dunes shimmered in the sun and looked like they were coated in gold. As she walked, she was taken aback by how much space surrounded her. Like the New Year that had just started, she had nothing but time in front of her.
A snake appeared as if from nowhere, with red and black stripes. It seemed to lead her over one of the dunes where she saw another version of herself in a house she didn’t recognise. She was wearing different clothes and had different hair, but it was her. She had a family and a dog. She seemed happy.
Suddenly, the snake appeared again and took her over another dune, where she saw yet another version of herself. Every dune showed her different possibilities for her future.
She felt both confused and overwhelmed by what she was seeing, and begged the snake to take her back to where she was. The snake obliged and she found herself stood next to her sandals again, at the edge of the desert.
She wiped away her tears and took some deep breaths.
“I don’t need to see what my future might hold” she said firmly to the snake. “I will simply walk this desert one step at a time, following my heart. And wherever I end up will be right for me.”
And with that, the snake slithered away.
Waking with a start, she realised she was no longer in the desert, but in her bed, covered with a fine film of sweat. Her boyfriend rolled over and asked if she was OK.
“Yeah, I’m fine, just a weird dream.”
She went to the bathroom to wash her face and saw herself looking like she always did and she smiled.
Have you ever had a profound dream like this? I remember having dreams when I was younger of things that then kinda happened and thinking I was psychic, but I’m pretty sure I was just very intuitive. I do find dreams utterly fascinating though.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this month’s slightly surreal take and I’ll be back next week with some tips for dealing with work-related stress. Until then, take care.
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