I was in a hall with different teams taking part in activities. It felt like a school orientation of some sorts.
As one of our tasks / competition events, my group mates had arranged this formation out of boxes and props. Each time they finished it, their formation got burnt away by fire (it was due to a mini nuclear explosion but still safe enough to be contained to just burning up their work and not damaging anything else around it). This happened three times and each time their formation got destroyed. It was quite frustrating. I was watching this happen and felt I was part of this group. We tried to salvage and redo our work but we ran out of time. Eventually, we left the hall as we had to move onto our next event.
The next event was a song performance. It was a Chinese song - The Moon represents my heart by Teresa Teng.
I was supposed to be the lead singer. In my dream, I was directing people and leading them through a hallway area where there were lots of other people preparing for their performances and props laid out. It felt like I was being a bit bossy and controlling when trying to lead the group through the hallway and also taking the lead role to sing the song.
There were some other scenes and events in between related to preparing for the performance. I can’t remember what happened exactly.
Shortly after this, I got really nervous midway and I think I pursed my lips together. However, I got a muscle cramp after I did this and the muscles in the middle section of my lips and mouth froze together. It felt very strained and I literally had to try to relax my tense lips by prying open the center section with my fingers.
It felt very awful and uncomfortable and tense. I couldn’t relax to speak properly even. I felt very desperate and helpless because the performance was going to be soon and I couldn’t even look normal. It felt like I kept using my thumb and index finger to prop up or pry open that section of my mouth. I could still speak with much effort but it was garbled and hard to open my mouth. I remember looking in the mirror at myself and feeling a sense of horror and helplessness.
Later, a good friend came and sat beside me as I was seated in front of a piano in the rehearsal room. She helped me to relax and as she did that, my mouth and lips managed to unfreeze and it was back to normal. I tested it out to see and kept reminding myself to stay this way if I can. I was very grateful and relieved that she came to my rescue.