The other night, I had a dream I was wading through dozens of enormous turtles. And so the next day I tried to figure out the dream’s message for this menopausal blogger.
Should I up my efforts to declutter the house so we can fit into a smaller shell in a few years?
Do I need to increase my walking pace? Wear stronger sunscreen to prevent leathery skin? Buy some funky placemats in an earth-toned geometric print? Eat more greens? Be more patient? Be less patient?
Should I tuck in my head, think deeper, and write harder?
Or does dreaming of turtles suggest I am behaving much too turtle-like? Do I need to stop writing with such intensity and abandon my semi-turtle shell life? More party and less keyboard pounding?
Is the dream urging Cliff and me to put our shells in gear and get going on the world travel we long for. (The dream was vaguely set on the Galapagos Islands.)
Was the dream’s purpose to teach me, once and for all, that I need to get over the frustration of not being able to solve the world’s mysteries? I’ve always wondered how it feels to be a turtle, and I will NEVER have the privilege of knowing. Chill, Barbara. But I still wonder: Do lady turtles go through menopause? Bless their turtle hearts if they do. Menopause and a shell can’t be a great combination.
OR (and I promise this is the final “or”) does my dream mean, plain, happy, and simple, that I’m lucky, very lucky, to live in a world graced by amazing and intriguing creatures?
And now a hypothetical question for you, my dear human readers: What would you MOST like to ask one of the world’s creatures? Leave a comment by clicking on “Comments ” below.
Photo: I found this lovely turtle, who is really a tortoise, on Mongabay.com. I’m pretending she has in-shell access to the Internet and is a fan of Friend for the Ride. I’d love to have some readers in the Galapagos!
Change Your Life! Learn once and for all, the difference between a turtle and a tortoise by watching this SHORT video.