There is no antonym for “Nightmare”. This fact vexes me greatly.
This morning I was talking to a friend of mine and she told me about her unpleasant night’s sleep due to a recurring nightmare she has been plagued with for most of her life. My heart sank to hear this and long after it settled heavily in my small intestine I was still thinking about how it seems that nightmares have a nasty habit of showing up again and again. Now I have a theory about why.
Good dreams don’t have a name, that’s why.
We’ve given nightmares their own noun for crying out loud; why wouldn’t they keep coming back? Now they’re known, they’re a somebody. I wouldn’t give that up either. But good dreams? Nice, fun, exciting dreams? What do we call them? They have no names. Nightmares also have the “bad dreams” reference by default so we’re not really helping the situation by leaving good dreams all alone there. Would you want to keep hanging around somewhere when nobody knew your name?
In order to combat nightmares, particularly recurring ones, we need to have a name by which to call the pleasant dreams. Surely I’m not the only person in the World who has thought about this. In fact, I know that I’m not. Yahoo Answers and Answerbag have connected me with at least two other people who want an answer to this question – “What is the opposite of nightmare?” Obviously, concern is gripping the World.
While technically yes, daystallion IS the opposite of nightmare, it doesn’t help me in my quest to label the awesome dreams so that we can bring them back to our memory and hopefully work their recurrence into our psyches. If we cannot eliminate the nightmare altogether, we should at least have a counterpart for it to give us something to aspire to in our dreaming state!
I’m very interested to hear your thoughts on this. Have you coined a term that identifies a really great dream you’ve had? Do you have any thoughts on how to combat the recurrence of nightmares? Should I start emailing my local member of Parliament about this? Something needs to be done! I’m so determined to take some kind of action that I don’t even know where to begin!
At the moment, all I can do is offer encouragement to my wonderful friend concerning her nightmares. That’s not enough for me. Simply wishing someone “sweet dreams” doesn’t cut it in this particular situation. I need to be able to say something like “Hey, don’t worry about it at all. Before you know it, the dozefancies will roll in and annihilate those silly nightmares. You just wait and see.”
Yeah. I like the sound of that. 🙂