I have been struggling with falling asleep and staying asleep the past few weeks. I noticed that this causes me to have few, sporadic dreams, and the dreams I do remember I am only left with snippets.
Last night I slept nine-ish hours (yay!) and I do remember my dream:
I was in an orphanage, similar to an Annie orphanage in size and shape, except this orphanage was nice and everyone was super friendly.
The orphanage was by the beach, and the ocean water crashed onto the shore. it felt very calming, to just stare at the ocean.
On the other side of the orphanage was a bay, and people were building a dock.
At one point, someone indicated that the dock was in the wrong place, so two workers simply lifted the entire dock and moved it to a new spot. It seemed almost cartoon-like, the ease in which they lifted the dock.
Near the bay was a field of tall grass, and on the other side of the grass was a retirement community.
Elderly people say on the outdoor porch of their community, watching the children play in the field.
The entire dream felt to me like something out of a period piece or a portrait, very hazy, almost in sepia tone, and very relaxed.
After a quick internet search, I see the ocean can symbolize a lot of different elements in dreams. Must do more research.