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The Uncharted Path

How often have you ever been puzzled with dreams that looked so real? You were sure they did not come from records in your memory banks. Not from things that had ever happened in your life.

There were other dreams that made you confused. Seemingly you have ever experienced exactly the same things, but you couldn’t remember where and when. Where were they from then?

Scientists and thinkers had done numerous researches and observations, and proposed theories and explanations about dreams. I propose a few thoughts.

the uncharted path
Life provides choices. Each has its own unique path that will follow, and will produce different experiences and consequences.

My first girl friend chose to leave me and married with another man who could pour her with care and love, more than I could give. A few months later, interestingly, a (more beautiful and smarter) girl chose to leave her boyfriend and finally married me. Twenty years later, today, they might both feel sorry…

By making those decisions, they chose completely different path of lives. They met different people, gave birth to different kids, went to different places, and encountered many other different things during the course of 20 years. Those small and big things certainly affected their heart, mind and soul, and contributed to who they are now.


Sometimes life drove you to certain directions that you didn’t intend to take. You were just forced to accept it. No choices.

You missed a plane, just to know a few hours later that it crashed, with no survivors.
Well, it only means that you still need to accomplish certain mission in your life. Once you’ve completed that personal mission, you will be counting your days.


In 1992, I got a job offer, in a famous dairy company. The employment agreement had been signed by both the director and me. I just needed to do medical examination, which was just a formality, according to the director.
I submitted my resignation letter to my boss.

After taking the medical examination, I was called by the expatriate, just to receive bad news. My medical examination results showed my SGOT and SGPT scores were slightly higher than normal values. They indicated my liver function was not in a good shape.

I was asked to see the company’s doctor, whom I used to visit when I was a medical representative, only to hear her authoritative statement that my employment was cancelled. No discussion.

Instead of getting a better career and salary, I was going to be jobless. On the way back home from the doctor’s practice, the invisible Force made me called my boss to withdraw the resignation letter. He could refuse my request, but he chose differently. A different path of life needed to be charted.

There were times when you refused to surrender to follow certain directions in life. You fought back. You won. You become what you are now.


Your dreams might be journeys that you failed to follow because of the choices you made, or because you were forced to follow other directions, or because you didn’t surrender and fought back to take your own preferred routes.

When your mind or heart was traveling to the past, your subconscious mind would then give you with free tours through your dreams to those uncharted paths.

Likewise when your mind travels to the future, your subconscious will bring you to one or more paths you may follow. Whether you will actually follow that path depends on those three major conditions.


If you have no dreams, you are a type of person whose mind and heart stay current. No worries, no dreams about the future. No regret, no excessive proud of the past.

When you were blessed with dreams, good or bad, traveling to the past or the future, accept it. Be grateful, since you had chances to see the uncharted path of lives. Dreams can be an indication that you are longing or fearing of something. You may not fully live your days.

All of these things happened partly because a man or a woman can only follow one path in their lives. We can’t take two different routes. We can't be in two places at one time, or can we? (also published in Jalan Yang Belum Dipetakan)

, seorang pejalan musiman dan penyuka sejarah. Penduduk Jakarta yang sedang tinggal di Cikarang Utara. Diperbarui: November 18, 2006.

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