Waking Up Somewhere Else

Becoming Bethany

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I felt the warm sun on my forehead peeping out from under the duvet. I heard parrots chirping and Spanish speaking voices just outside my window. I smiled in the last moments of my dreaming before opening my eyes and fully committing to waking up. When I opened my eyes, I was confused and disappointed. For some reason my sleeping self thought I would be waking up in a hotel room in Puerto Rico instead of my apartment in Pasadena.

Maybe it’s because of all the moving I did growing up or maybe everyone has this experience but I am often confused about where I am when I wake up. Sometimes my sleeping mind forgets what bedroom I’m in or even what year it is and prepares my senses for a completely different environment than the one I am actually waking up in. I have woken up thinking I am…

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