Dreams can certainly be illusive, but there is something special and surreal about them. Like figments of imagination, they materialize behind closed eyes and fade quietly away only moments after the consciousness has awakened. The attempt to capture and store to memory the colors, images, sounds, and the absurdity of patterns almost always proves futile. Weak against this enemy of feeble memory, I had resorted to pen and paper in order to record these nightly journeys to the fictive worlds and dimensions that my mind fabricated. Then, there was Dream Journal, the iPod touch application that allows me to journal in a slightly less archaic fashion.
A $2 price tag is quite reasonably cheap for an inexhaustible supply of virtual paper (that poses less threat to our dear trees). As with almost any app associated with the innovative Apple product, the main feature is convenience.
Since the iPod touch generates its own adjustable level of light, there is no need to go through the trouble of activating another light source that, in a mere flash, could easily obliterate all molecules of that fragile dream and disrupt further attempts at slumber. My own finger, now used to enter keywords, phrases, and anything else that will help me recall my dreams, has replaced rolling pencils.
While simple writing could be performed on a regular notepad application, Dream Journal stands out quite a bit. Its dark color scheme is easy on the eyes. Its dated, diary format allows for neater organization. Specific symbols can be recorded with each entry, and later searched for. Favorite dreams can be ‘bookmarked,’ in a sense. It is a simple, complication-free app.
My Dream Journal is like a personal diary of things I have never done or seen, and in most cases, are not possible in the real world where laws of gravity still apply. Whether flying abilities or a walk through Rivendell, these evaporative memories can now be easily captured with the help of this wonderful app.