Going back to school


Image by J. Paxon Reyes via Flickr

I have to admit, there are times when I think about going back to school.  Totally changing careers.  But honestly, with the exception of writing, I can’t think of anything I really, truly feel passionate about as far as a career goes.  Of course I have interests, don’t we all?  But one thing I’ve discovered about myself over the years is that I tend to get bored and move on to the next great thing.  I don’t know if that’s a blessing or a curse.  A blessing in that I get to experience a lot of different, fun things in life.  A curse in that I have yet to find that one thing  to do in life that makes me wake up with a smile on my face because I just can’t wait to get the day started.

Seriously, isn’t that how some people feel about their jobs?  Maybe not most people, but some?  I like my job well enough, but it’s not what I envisioned for myself years ago…well, I don’t really know that I envisioned anything all those years ago except being a singer in a rock band…kind of funny if you could hear me sing!

So, what?  Did I have unrealistic dreams?  Mmm…yeah, those dreams about being a singer…pretty unrealistic.  Maybe one of the reasons I like writing so much is that I can make my life be whatever I can imagine…heck, I can even be someone else when I’m writing…someone from a hundred years ago, or someone living a thousand years from now.  I can be a queen or a serving girl.  I can be wealthy or abjectly poor.  I can be Hitler or Mother Theresa…in my writing, I can be whoever I choose to be and do whatever I want to do.  If I don’t like how life is working out in my writing, I can just edit things, change them to make me happy.  Now, if only I could figure out how to make my life work like that…ah well, in the meantime, I’ll just keep writing, imagining, dreaming, and doing a lot of editing.

Do cats dream?

I’ve often wondered if cats dream.  Is the movement of their legs while they’re sleeping indicative of a dream state or is it simply muscle twitching?  And what about the sounds they sometimes make while asleep?  I noticed Spooky was kind of mewing while asleep today.  When I touched her, she didn’t open her eyes, just kind of calmed down while continuing to sleep. She was in a deeper sleep, not just a cat nap.  That’s what started me thinking about cat dreams today.

Spooky, wide awake

And if cats do dream, what do they dream about?  Spooky’s been with me her entire life.  Would she still have nightmares about being chased by dogs, even though she’s never had an encounter with one?  Would she have dreams about being abandoned, even though she’s never been left alone (well, except while I’m at work or something…does that count as abandonment to a cat?  Or does she just sleep most of the time that I’m gone?)  Would she have a dream about a particularly delicious meal?  I find that hard to believe as she won’t even eat chicken or turkey when I have it…maybe a nice tasty mouse or goldfish would be more to her liking.  I can’t imagine that she’s ever going to discover that for herself as I’m not into mice or goldfish.  Would her dreams include me or am I no more to her than a piece of furniture?  Of course, the couch can’t open her cans of cat food or get her fresh drinking water.  So maybe I rank a little above the furniture in her view.

Hmm…maybe, just maybe, Spooky dreams about going outside and chasing birds and butterflies.  Sorry, Spook, not going to happen.  You’re an indoor kitty all the way.