There are bad dreams and there are nightmares;
The ones which are pretty disturbing;
And the ones which wake us up screaming;
Bad dreams can be forgotten the second the eyes snap open;
But nightmares can keep on haunting us throughout the day;
Like a horror movie which never stops playing in the mind’s eye;
Like a rash, flu and headache, we all have them;
They plague us for a while;
And then they go away.
But there are those nightmares we have with our eyes wide open;
Our worst fears playing out in front of our very eyes;
Worst case scenarios unfolding like prophecies coming to pass;
Wondering if like dreams, we’d wake up from them if we pinch ourselves hard;
But the harder we shake our heads and blink our eyes;
The worse the live nightmares become;
What do you do when you are living a nightmare?
Do you go into a panic mode playing the victim;
Go around blowing the alarm horn shouting Mayday!
Or do you wait it out hoping it will pass away like a stormy night?
Like many other things, nightmares can be relative;
What one calls unfortunate, someone else calls it awful;
What one sees as unbearable, another sees it as a mere inconvenience;
What one calls a mountain, another terms it as a mound;
What one thinks as the end of the world, another sees it as a revolution;
We all have our nightmares; measured differently;
Just like beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, so do our nightmares;
But no matter how long the night might be, it won’t last forever;
The dawn will definitely come and the darkness will disappear;
Nightmares may torment us for the night but we do wake up from them;
So whatever situation getting you worked up and raising your blood pressure;
Causing you sleeping nights and distracting you from enjoying the moment;
Know that it will pass and you’ll be made stronger by the experience;
Sometimes the most effective pills are the bitter ones;
Take them in your stride and like gold passes through the furnace;
Believe you’ll come out better on the other side.
© Josephine Amoako 2016