(I am not replying "to" anyone in particular for the very simple reason that I'd like to clarify doubts from various posts at once. I am certainly
not "ignoring" anyone.
And BTW, I may be wrong, but I think my mention of spending a sleepless night perhaps misled people to the impression that the subsequent mention of
"dreams" had something to do with sleep-related states.
It does not.)
Anyway, I would hesitate to qualify my use of the word "dream" as a metaphor - because, for all I know, it may NOT be one.
And it certainly does not feel like one, either.
The closest (verbal) approximation of what it does feel like is WAKING dream: a life - normal, everyday life, comprising every minute detail of every
second that passes, during which you function perfectly normally (or even much better than usually!), while being aware that it is a state of dubious
reality, because you are aware that there is another
life of yours - running parallel (again, for lack of a better term) to the one you're
A "parallel" life that you are very familiar with - because you had been living it until a certain moment, one of the many crossroads, when you
(consciously or semi-consciously) took a crucial step in a direction different to the one in which the "law of probabilities", if you will, would
have taken you.
As I said - or implied - only people who have experienced it would clearly understand what I mean. (Which is why there are no "wrong" answers - I
hope that's clear, too.
Thank you anyway.
The replies so far are
already a set of perfectly valid answers to my core question. :-)
[edit on 26-5-2008 by Vanitas]