The Asylum Dream

So I had this dream last night that I was committed to an asylum (why anyone should do such a thing is beyond me). As it turned out, the institute into which I was committed was a Walmart.

I spent the entire dream wondering if I was crazy and also scampering on my hands and knees between the asiles, trying to ellude the various attendants.

Finally, I was caught by a rather strikingly beautiful woman–a creation of my dream, for she resembled no one that I actually know–who was very nice about it all, and explained, gently, that I’d gone mad, completely round the bend, really, and they were here to take care of me.

I tried thinking about what she said, in the dream, while she was leading me out in the Walmart parking lot (again, I have no idea why), but it was too much. I couldn’t think about it. For one thing, the woman was rather distracting and also I had lost my shoes and were wondering where they had gone. It was at about that point that I woke up.

I am the only one to have dreams about being committed? This is the first time this has ever happened to me. And why Walmart. I have never even been inside a Walmart in my life! (To be honest, in my dream, it looked a
lot like Target, but I was certain it was Walmart.)

I must say that a harrowing experience such as this will likely prevent me from going into Walmart in the future, no matter how many prices they slash.

And in a Philip K. Dick-ian kind of way, I have the eerie sensation that I am still trapped in that Walmart, but that I have fallen asleep, and this entire day at work in nothing but a demented dream.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.