In life, there can be many changes. Sometimes we move from one place to another. When school ends, we get a job and start living "in the real world." When we finally become adults, our childhood is left behind. But our minds remember it all. And from time to time, we haphazardly get to re-experience the past — in dreams.
Have you ever dreamt you were still back in school or still a kid? There's the kind of dream where you're a person you've never been, doing something you've never done, and you don't think twice about it. Then there's the dream where you are as you used to be, and you don't think twice about it. You don't remember the present. Ever had a dream like that?
What if you dreamed you were reliving college, and then as you were waking up, you realized you were in your old college room? For the first few moments, you'd still think nothing of it, as the dream blended with reality. But how long before it faded and you remembered that you're 37 and supposed to be at home? In your house?
I once wondered if someone could be tricked in such a way, even in the absence of such a dream. Sometimes when I wake up after a vivid and exotic dream, I need a moment to re-acclimate to reality. What if we all do? What if we take the cues from our environment about where and when we are? Could you fool someone into thinking they're living in the past?
Is there someone out there, not crazy, who a team of pranksters could fool? Say the team sneaks into the bedroom when the person is asleep, and changes the surroundings like those commercials where the technicians can easily change the world around a person. They make the room look the way it did between 5 and 10 years ago, when the sleeper was still there, but younger. How long will it take the person, once they get up, to realize something isn't right?
My guess is, depending on whether they are a morning or evening person, it could take up to 15 minutes. Maybe even longer!If you enjoyed this post, I'd be delighted to have you as a subscriber to my RSS feed.