No, really. I was attacked. By an alpaca!….Let me explain. So last night I had this dream…
This blog, of course, is all about me and my over-dreaming self. As many of us know, daydreaming is a function of our conscious mind. We can control it. We can tell our thoughts what to create, how to create it, and how we should interact with what we created.
On the flip side, I dream a LOT in my unconscious state, too. We all do. 4-6 times while our brains are in REM sleep to be exact. Fascinating, right? I find myself researching dreaming quite often and have learned that everyone’s brain dreams, BUT not everyone remembers them when they wake up.
Now, I don’t necessarily remember all of my dreams, but those that I do often grab my attention because something extremely strange, abnormal, anxiety inducing or just completely unrealistic happened. Let’s just say there have been plenty of times when I’ve woken up from a dream with a “WTentireF” face.
So about this alpaca…
I was sitting in this nice, black exterior, cognac leather interior Range Rover truck with my mom. (Side note: The details of the truck have absolutely no significance, but if anyone would like to drop one of them off at my house, I wouldn’t oblige!). Our neighbors (I have no clue who these people are in real life) were outside with their 3 pets. Having strange conversations. Doing strange things. With these strange pets. Don’t ask me what — I don’t know. My brain couldn’t process it all at the time.
Nonetheless, one pet happened to be an alpaca. I remember thinking to myself “is this an alpaca?” We’re in the middle of a residential neighborhood, by the way. Who knows what it was doing there, but I had to pet it! Who doesn’t want to pet an alpaca? The travel channel says if you ever get the opportunity you HAVE to pet an alpaca. So I did, and it was just as gloriously soft and cuddly as TV and random Facebook traveler stories described!
Then the craziest thing happened…
I don’t know if the alpaca was experiencing just as much wonder and amazement as I was, but for some reason this large, way too big to be trying to sit in a vehicle intended for humans, horse-like giraffe of a thing climbs into the truck!
Now, I can get a little anxious when a “not your average domesticated animal” happens gets a little too close for comfort (I nearly had an incident while attempting to snorkel with the sea life in Hawaii once, but that’s a story for another time…), so being in that small of a space with that big of a living thing that wasn’t human was not necessarily the most desirable situation for me. I checked for my mom, but somehow she managed to sneak out the driver’s seat door as the alpaca wriggled its way in — and now he was started to get a little anxious and aggressive.
So what did I do? In short, Ashley and this alpaca played the most intense game of Ring Around the Rosie in and out of this car that I have ever experienced. How this thing was agile enough to keep up the charade both in and out of the car? I don’t know, but I do know I felt like I could never fully get away as he nipped at me, snapping the air.
The only way I was able to make it out unscathed before this alpaca finally got me was by opening my eyes.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you know exactly what I did next. Confused as all get out, I scrambled to find my computer and try and make some sense of this utter nonsense of a dream.
Google Search: “dream about an alpaca chasing me meaning”
For the most part, the interpretation of dreaming about alpacas and llamas is almost interchangeable. Now grant it, I’m not the type to take dream interpretations as law, but it certainly is an interesting concept to consider as a confirmation specifically of the project madness I have going on currently. I couldn’t find much, but here’s what (*don’t laugh*) www.spirit-animals.com had to say:
“Llama is here to remind you that only through hard work and perseverance will your dreams be realized. Know that you have the ability to adapt to any situation you find yourself in. Know that whatever loads you are carrying right now you will be able to manage and see them through. Alternatively Llama could also be reminding you that your biggest focus should be yourself and that personal growth and your connection to spirit should be your highest priority at all times. Insisting on following your heart rather than your ego will bring you all the rewards you are seeking.”
To say the least, I was floored.
Crazy, right? Especially to have that dream right after starting this blog. For almost 2 years now I’ve been – dare I say – plagued with the desire to do more, be more and challenge myself outside my usual box of comfort and safety. It has been TERRIFYING, and that’s without acknowledging all of the hard work some of these ideas would take to actualize them. Nevertheless, I’m grateful because honestly, I believe that sometimes the universe finds ways to affirm your thoughts and ambitions when you need it most.
Even if it is through a nightmare of being chased by an alpaca. (…and especially if the alpaca chasing me is supposed to represent hard work and actualizing my dreams. Stop running girl!)
All that to say, stressed, anxious, nervous, hesitant or afraid, it’s time to roll up those sleeves, put that head down and keep pressing forward! (I’m totally saying this to myself…first 😉 )
Stick to the plan: dream, do and prosper! <3