Perhaps you’ve heard the story about the disciple who said to his master, “Master, I dreamt that I was a butterfly and it made me wonder if I was a man dreaming he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he is a man?”
The answer to this riddle is,
If you are in a dream then that dream is your reality. It doesn’t become a dream until you wake up from it.
In the same way, one can ‘wake up’ from any reality, sleeping or not. We go through life being things. We can be doctors, lawyers, people, whatever, and one can suddenly have an awakening.
Just like the song by the Talking Heads, “Once In A Lifetime.”
"And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, "Well... how did I get here?"
This is what David Byrne had to say about their song;
“We’re largely unconscious. You know, we operate half awake or on autopilot and end up, whatever, with a house and family and job and everything else. We haven’t really stopped to ask ourselves, ‘How did I get here?”
Once you step outside of it, you have awoken so the door between known and unknown is awakening but the known is what you have stepped outside of and now you have stepped into another unknown.
Nothing good or bad about this in particular and you may want to go on being what you were only now you are doing it with a knowing.
In this way you have the power of choice whereas on autopilot there is no power of choice.