</b>"Recount your most vivid dream."</b>
Drowning is one of my top fears; among parasites, violent illness, and spiders. I dream about things that I fear sometimes, and wake up a little bit scared, but am able to carry on throughout my day without my thoughts drifting back to the dream. Though one night a few months ago, I had the most vivid and lifelike dream I can ever remember having in which I nearly died by drowning in a raging flood of rain. For the rest of that day I could not take my mind off of the dream and how it made me feel.
The dream started out innocently enough. My cousin Stephanie, who was my best friend for most of my childhood, was sitting with me on the couch in the living room of my house, gazing blankly outside through the screen door. Suddenly it was raining outside. The next thing I know, we were out there in the pouring rain, tossing a small ball to each other. This was no normal ball tossing, because