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  • I felt my head hurting a little. A string of aching moved from one side of my head to the other. My head felt heavy. One. Two. Three. I woke up. I woke up but I was still in a dream. Everything around me seemed vibrant. Small details suddenly screamed out at me. Yelling at me for attention. Where am I? I wondered to myself, everything seemed new but I wasn't scared. I patiently took everything in, one detail at a time.

    I found myself staring into a beautiful green spiral. The green spiral was changing among a gradient of greens. Lime green, to bright green, to dark green. I stood frozen staring into this magnificent spiral. For a moment in time...there was nothing more attractive to me. As I looked around I realized I was among people I cared for the most. And they were next to me staring at the exact same green spiral. Suddenly I felt so silly, all of us just stiff staring into this little meaningless spiral of green. I felt funny. I laughed a little. Then I laughed more. Then I kept laughing, the next thing you know I was couldn't stop laughing. My eyes watered up; I was exhausting myself from laughing, but I just couldn't stop. I looked at my loved ones delirious with laughter, and they all looked at me and laughed with me. Together, I never felt so much pure happiness. The pure act of just being able to laughing without limits. We created a positive energy and we were able to release it into the universe. It felt so good. I never realized how hard it was to truly laugh that hard. Even though we laughed at almost nothing it felt so genuine. We didn't need much to laugh at, we didn't need a lot of stimulation, we were just happy because we could be happy

    We finally stopped laughing when my best friend made us notice that the wooden floor beneath us was moving. The grains of wood slid up and down, like a conveyor belt beneath us but we didn't move anywhere. We stood in amazement. Suddenly a spark of curiosity strikes me and I walked, I walked into the other room. I walked into this room where I met a bear. The bear stood against a stoic white backdrop with his red eyes staring straight into my soul. I felt violated, like he knew all my secrets. His fur moved with grace. His brown fur suddenly flipped over against the wind and turned black, as if a breeze moved from the back to the front. The bear was alive. He continued to stare at me with his red eyes. The bear started turning evil to me, so I turned to run away.

    I plopped down onto the soft ground where I looked up to see a different planet in front of me. "Do you see it?" I asked my best friend. She answered, "Yeah I do." We stopped to stare at a dry red horizon of a different planet. The sky was a light yellow, traces of light brown smoke flew across the background while the craters on the planet seemed to pulsate. The planet almost looked like it was made out of wood. It all seemed so close but also unreachable.

    I looked for my loved ones again, they were all around me. Some of them met the same bear I saw earlier, some looked at me with big smiles. I felt happy. We wanted to go on an adventure, we timed traveled to a different place. How exactly, I am unsure.

    We ended up on a Toy Land. As we stepped onto these new grounds, we looked at each other which utter awkwardness. We were from the past and we traveled to the future to this new world. We didn't want the people living on this new land to realize our true identities, we tried to act like them, we tried to fit in. But I knew they looked at us with suspicion, they knew we were strangers to their world. I didn't care, I looked at them in a condescending nature. I felt arrogant. To me they were ignorant. In my eyes we were the smart ones; we were the powerful time travelers. To me, we were truly invincible, we invaded this place without a trace. It was all ours to explore, everything around us was only there to entertain us.

    We moved together towards a body of water and laid down together. I looked down at my feet and saw sand. The sand lifted up from the cracks of the hard cold ground and shifted over. I put my hand down to feel the sand, the sand continued to shift underneath my fingers, and it felt cold. It was so intriguing. Then I felt my boyfriends hand on my back, I knew it was him without having to look back. I realized he had been with me all this time.I turned around to see him laying down staring into the bright sky. I saw something in his eyes, I knew he was looking at something amazing. I laid down beside him to look into the sky. Oh my. It was so incredibly beautiful. It was the most beautiful thing I've seen in my life. I felt a cold breeze and cuddled deeper next to him. As we watched the sky. The sky was clear with some collections of white clouds. The clouds looked completely white. The clouds shifted slowly into different shapes. These shapes slowly shifted into recognizable people, animals, and objects. As I stared into the sky it seemed as if the sky kept getting more blue, and closer and closer to me until I felt like it engulfed me. Like someone took a giant blue magnifying glass and pressed it against me. It was so intense that I had to close my eyes.

    I opened my eyes and an array of different things appeared before my eyes, until the sky turned into a bright turquoise. Suddenly me and my boyfriend was laying underneath the ocean floor. The surface of the water seemed far above. A giant ship floated at the surface of the water. We could see the round oval bottom of the ship slowly moving across the surface. Birds flew across over the ship, and somewhere up there I could see ropes hanging from the ship, with a small flag fluttering further above. I looked at my boyfriend and I felt safe. When the ship sailed away it left long ripples in the surface of the water behind it. I was breathless. It was so, just so beautiful.

    "It's getting too cold," my best friend reminded us. Of course it was... we were underneath the ocean I thought, so we all walked back onto the streets of this toy land. The road looked like it was made out of plastic. We walked down the middle of the road like it was made just for us. Me and my best friend held hands and skipped down the road. "This was all I ever wanted when I was little" I told her. It was all I ever wanted when I was little. To be able to explore a land made out of toys. We stopped to stare at a row of trees, I don't know why I wanted to stare at them, I think I was waiting for it to bear fruit for us to eat. The grass felt like it was made out of fabric. I was soaking in everything on this new land when we realized it was time for us to time travel back home. It was our time to leave this mysterious place that seemed to have always existed as a figment of my imagination when I was a little girl. But it has never came to life, until now. We walked back up onto our time machine.

    I told my friends to go through the time portal first, I wanted some selfish time to just look at this place one last time with my boyfriend. We held hands and walked towards a giant tree that we never noticed before. It was the tree of life. It stood tall above everything around it. I wanted to run towards it but my boyfriend stopped me, he didn't want me to get lost. So we admired this majestic tree from afar. It glowed with great health. It's leaves sparkled under the discreet sun. I fell in love with it. Somehow this big tree reminded me of myself, or maybe it was something I always wanted to be like, strong, healthy and meaningful. The sudden appreciation for life filled my heart. As I stood there with my head leaning on my boyfriend's shoulders. I could feel that my boyfriend was thinking something. We stood there and stared at this tree as we shared our deepest hopes, and fears. We were vulnerable next to each other and we embraced it. It felt right. I knew there was a lot he couldn't make into words to tell me, but regardless I felt like we came to some kind of understanding, and it wasn't until then that we were ready to leave and travel back to our time. We joined our friends through the portal where we met them, and sat together in our room, we were all deep in thought. All types of emotions filled me, and I didn't hold anything back. I just sat back and acted like a human. I just felt what needed to be felt to the fullest. I remembered feeling satisfied in my dream, and a sense of great relief.

    All the problems in my life suddenly organized neatly in my head. Everything was so clear and it made so much sense. It was as if there was an essay scrolling up and down in my brain. I made connections and conclusions to things that I couldn't before. All my problems felt resolved and I had a deeper understanding of myself. I sat next to my boyfriend and suddenly a green field appeared before us. We didn't hug or held hands like we always do, we just sat in the presence of each other. I felt like a little kid, and we felt small compared to this vast green field. We looked straight ahead and told each other how we felt about each other, and the future we see. I was glad that he used we in his sentences as opposed to I. I remembered feeling all my fears dissolving away next to this individual that used to be a stranger in my life. We were truly a start of something new. Even in my dream, it felt like we truly were each others.

    I was tired. I was now back in that room again, and the field disappeared instantaneously. I told my best friend how much she meant to me. I hugged each and everyone of my friends. I took my boyfriends hand and gave him a big kiss. I laid back down on the warm carpet, while everyone was involved in other things and I felt myself drifting away and back into a deep sleep. That headache started coming back and I closed my eyes. Even with my eyes closed I could still see all the vibrant colors replaying on the backside of my eyelids. My head felt heavy again. Then, I finally woke up again and everything was back to normal. Somehow everything around me seemed lifeless and boring but I grew a new appreciation for those I cared about in my life as well as life itself. I had an epiphany, I realized how much I have been through in my life, and how precious life is. And how much those people in my dreams meant to me. I felt aged and conscious of all my life experiences. I called for them and gathered them up, and asked them to go get a bite to eat with me. We met up an sat down to eat with each other, even though it was a long exhausting personal dream of mine, I felt like they all had a piece of me, and I kept a piece of them.

    I totally feel like my mind got inceptioned.

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