Last night, I had my first ever Fully Lucid Dream. By which I mean that, when I became lucid, instead of screaming and forcing my eyes open into a sleep paralysis terror zone, I managed to catch myself and say, “Ok, I’m dreaming, this isn’t so bad; let’s hang out.” I tried to fly or something, but I couldn’t quite get it to go, so I settled for jumping. Turns out I could jump really high. I decided to become Spiderman from the Spiderman 2 PS2 game, but I don’t like the idea of webs coming out of my wrists, so instead I ended up with the ability to use a form of telekinesis to pull myself toward buildings, which ultimately had the same effect.
I was chasing another flying person around a city, but as soon as I was about to catch them, the whole world sorta fell into pieces like a weird Game Over screen from the ps2 era, and i found myself in a video game menu screen telling me that I had run out of time. I was given the option to continue or restart, but either option required a string of buttons that I couldn’t figure out since I didn’t have a controllers, so I instead opted to wake up.
Immediately after, I dreamed of a young, perhaps 9 or 10 year old boy with a German-sounding accent sitting on the schoolbus and talking to the bus driver about a video game. The boy was too smart for his age, which was reflected in the way he talked about the game, saying things like “In the computer game I played, the player character is a man in a retirement home, and the game attempts to depict and delineate the limitations of human freedom.” The bus driver also spoke in the same style, probably because my dream-brain can not handle two unique dialogue styles at a time.
The computer game that the boy was describing was a game, like he said, about a man in a retirement home. In each level, the man is released from one of the limitations that makes people human. For example, in the first level, he gains the ability to ignore gravity, and in another level, he can clip through walls, or maybe he stops aging, or things such as this. Within each level, you play around with your new power until you cause enough problems that the game decides that it has become clear to you why humans are limited in such a way, and the idea I suppose is that you appreciate the ways in which our limitations are what make our life so beautiful in the first place.