Sleeping beauty

This can be seen as a sort of sequel of my last post, Don’t bring the light. There’s a sort of thing to sleeping that makes it not only necessary, but also a metaphor, something poetical. It makes you leave the ‘conscience’ world for a while, you may dream (and then write four books about it… Twilight anyone?), you may go for a  sleepwalk. Going to sleep is losing control, and actually that’s just like drugs.
But okay, sleeping is necessary.We all need it and all lack it too. Imagine sleeping for one hundred years… That must be great. Satisfying. Beautiful.

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Especially when being woken up by the guy you’re going to marry. Or at least not waking up alone when you don’t want to be (so not after having had a drunk night and stuff.).

Last year I went to see Sleeping Beauty danced by the National Ballet Flanders, and it was so incredibly beautiful. Not just because it was ballet, it was the entire setting and the costumes and the music and the atmosphere. Almost as satisfying as sleeping for 100 years…

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It was really like a fairytale, and sitting there at the theatre, I realised there couldn’t have been a better way to spend my Wednesday afternoon. A thing of beauty…

There are also sleeping beauties that are dangerous rather than elusive. Sleeping Beauty is a movie I haven’t seen yet, but the trailer was so enigmatic that I want to see this movie. I couldn’t really figure out what it was about, which might be promising (or disappointing).


Enigmas are quite common for anything related to sleep. Inception, anyone? And think of the enigmatic speech by Hamlet.


Ay, there’s the rub… I know dreams aren’t always the best thing to have. They can be so freaky and surreal. And sometimes they show you things you’d rather not see (anymore).

But after all, sleeping is a wonderful thing to do, and who would not want to be a sleeping beauty…

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  1. Sleeping Beauty was my first ballet! I saw it performed at the Metropolitan in New York. WOW. It was so beautiful
    I love sleep – who doesn’t? Right now I feel like I could sleep for an entire year and it wouldn’t be enough. It’s such an escape.
    I haven’t seen Jane Campion’s Sleeping Beauty advertised yet. Does it look good?

    • Yes, it is really a beautiful ballet… Though it seems to be sort of made for children, I actually found it still very satisfying at the age of 17.
      I’m not that sure anymore, there are many abd reveiws on youtube, saying it’s nothing but naked people :p. But just because of the title I’d like to see what they made of it.

      O, and my Christmas present for you is one entire year of sleep! 😉

  2. Love that line from Hamlet!
    And love sleeping. It’s the first five minutes after I wake up that suck.

    Glad you enjoyed the ballet. The last one I saw was the nutcracker (probably 10 years ago), but that was also a great place for sleeping (sorry,it’s just not my thing…)

    • Haha, nevermind, that’s possible :). At least you gave it a chance.
      Yes, those minutes are horrible. I always need like half an hour to wake up. At least. I don’t like waking up. Unless I ha a freaky dream, that is…

  3. I’d not like to sleep for 100 years…everyone I know would be dead when I woke up. But, a nice 24 hours would be swell. I want to see the film, too!

    • Haha, yes, that is true. But maybe, seeing the fact we don’t die either, perhaps there would be a sudden change in our DNA that would make us survive longer, so we’d al survive.
      If not, those 24 hours will indeed do :).

  4. You know – this is quite weird. While I sleep too much (Don’t-bring-the-light style and all), a close friend of mine is suffering from insomnia… I wish I could share my sleeping hours 😀

    Can i refer to you only as Sleeping Beauty from now on? x

    • Haha, yes, such a pity you can’t share that… :p.
      Of course you can! Though I’m not really sleeping a lot either, but I’ll start sleeping more tomorrow :). (And let’s say I’m quite pretty when sleeping 😉 ) x

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