Well for about 19 years now I have had a recurring nightmare that revolves around mathematics.
The first dream happens in the home that I was raised in, and I have lost my math book. Feeling totally anxious, I search and seach but to no avail. The book is gone and I have an exam that I cannot study for, obviously because I don't have the text book. I have had this dream every 1 or 2 years for 15 years now.
Sometimes it may change a little.
I will be running late for class only to get there and find out that we are having an exam and I am not prepared for it. Alas, I panic, sit for the exam, fail, and wake up feeling anxious.
This dream also changes slightly, and I will get to the class knowing that I have an exam; that I haven't prepared for...and the class has moved to another room and I can't find it!
So you can understand the level of anxiety that I experience when I begin classes in Algebra, in real life. Of course I have the same dream leading up to the midterm.
Of course I take the midterm and pass - no problems.
So last night I had another dream revolving around mathematics. But something has changed.
This time I am back in the home that I was raised in, and I am watching television. Then I am getting ready to go to a book sale to try and find some bargains. The next thing I know I am back in the loungeroom and my mother-in-law is with me. We have returned from the book sale and she hands me a gift. It is a book she found for me at the book sale.
I look down at the book and I see the math text book that I lost in the first nightmare I had 19 years ago. I just recall looking at her in shock. Then asking her "Did you know that this was the text book that I lost 19 years ago" She didn't really know what I was talking about.
But this morning I woke up with a sense of calm, that everything was going to be alright.