For the past few weeks now, I've been having this recurring nightmare that I need to write a 46-page English paper. I've had this nightmare at least six times. The assignment is always the same: 46 pages, for an English class. I'm usually sitting in a high school math class when I realize that English is next period.
The dream varies slightly at this point. Either I've a.) completely forgotten that I had an English class at all that particular semester and since I've never gone to class I'm going to fail the course UNLESS I kick ass on this 46-page paper. b.) The 46-page English paper is due the next day and I have no idea what I'm going to write about, period. c.) The 46-page English paper is due at the end of the day and I have to churn out all 46 pages in the library in one 45-minute study hall or d.) The 46-page English paper was due yesterday, and if I get it in really soon, I'll be docked points, but if it's PERFECT I'll still pass.
Oh, man. I hate this dream. It feels so real. A lot of time I wake up with a huge rush of relief that I don't actually have to do this. A lot of times in the dream, I am the adult me who is just annoyed that I have to go back to high school at all because I have so much else to do. On the other hand, I wish I could stop having this dream altogether. This morning, in my half-sleepy state but after I had the adrenaline rush of relief that it was only a dream, I actually had the thought that I should just write a, say it with me, 46-page English paper so I could stop having this dream. Sheesh.