I have this recurring nightmare…or at least the theme and the circumstances repeat themselves. Maybe not the exact details…but the set/plot twist/characters are always the same. I’m driving or riding in a car that goes off a bridge or a cliff. I always have a moment to contemplate my impending death, as if the fall happens in slow motion. I know something like this could happen, but this is why I class this as a nightmare. I would never wish this upon myself of my worst enemy. Even thinking about it is scary, so imagine going through it! I know that car accidents are no rare occurrence in cities like Houston which is really sad. Maybe it would be a good idea to read up on some law just in case I end up in a car crash. My friend told me that she learned a lot from New Jersey Lemon Law and their website, maybe I’ll check it out but I digress.
Those two elements are the same. Car falling. Me acknowledging my impending death. There are other more terrifying elements that vary. For example, who is in the car. Most of the time it’s one or all of my kids. If we’re heading towards water (often we’re just heading towards a rocky/land surface) I have to then consider if the impact will kill us or of I’ll be able to try to save my kids. Two nights ago I had a DOOZY. Donnie was driving this time (which is rare, usually I’m driving or a stranger, I trust Donnie’s driving empirically so he’s rarely driving) and Nikki and Wes were in the backseat. We were heading off of a water-logged bridge and heading towards a calm-water surface. In the slow-motion fall I recognized we might die and that it wasn’t a dream. (There’s always are part of me that recognizes this is a situation I’ve dreamed about before, and I always wish THIS ONE TIME was not real.) I screamed out, “I love you guys so much!” so they would hear that one more time before they died. If they died. Because I always knew I might be able to save one if we hit the water soft enough. Not both, I didn’t think I could save both, but I’d have to save one. And in that slow-motion fall to my possible death I vividly remembering trying to come up with a plan to help them both escape, but knowing Wes would need more help and wondering if I could do it. If me and my crappy swimming abilities could at all save either of my kids. It was AWFUL. I’m tearing up a bit just reliving it. I tweeted about it.
My driving anxieties manifest themselves in vivid nightmares of my family involved in car crashes. Last night’s was a doozy.
Zoot (@misszoot) December 4, 2013
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js And it turns out? I’m not the only one with wacko repeat Dying In A Car Crash dreams! Some people discussed having the Breaks Won’t Work dream. Others find themselves in the passenger seat, unable to control the vehicle. It was crazy. Several people admitting to similar dreams so I thought I have to know…how common is this? I am completely aware that situations like these do happen, which is why I find it scary every time I have dreams like these. If you are reading this and you know of anyone who has recently been involved in a car crash, you may want to point them in the direction to visit site and get in touch with a professional car accident lawyer, as they will be able to assist them in tackling the legal side of it all and hopefully get the best results from it. I assumed my dreams were connected to my driving anxieties. I’m not sure which was first – the dreams or the driving stress – but I know they’re connected. When a driving situation is bad, traffic is bad, weather is bad, or ESPECIALLY if I have to drive over a bridge…I relive the fear from all of my past dreams. I avoid stressful driving situations for those very reasons. I don’t take left turns unless it’s controlled or there’s minimal traffic. I avoid bad interchanges at anything but odd low-traffic hours. I avoid the interstate. There’s a running group I sometimes meet. I could get to them in 25 minutes if I took the normal route but we meet after work so I take one of my routes and it takes me almost 45 minutes. Just to avoid the interstate and the interchanges during rush hour. So…Do you have the nightmares? And do they haunt you? (I could NOT shake that nasty feeling all day yesterday. Put me in a bad mood.) Do they affect your driving or – are you like me – and do you assume your driving anxieties create the nightmares? I posted that on Twitter yesterday and was AMAZED by how many people said, “ME TOO!”