Last night was uncomfortable. Not cause it was too hot, cold or noisy, but because I had a terrible dream. I dreamt I was in a cab with my daughter and we had a little fight about something. Following the argument, my little girl got out of the cab and started walking away. Treating this as a perfectly normal tantrum, I did not pay much attention to it assuming that she would not go far. However, she did not look back and before I realized, was lost in the crowds. I looked around frantically, shouting her name out a million times, but she was gone. There was a lot of crying and consoling until the point when I opened my eyes feeling completely drained, only to find her sleeping right next to me. I kissed her warm cheek, drank some water and snuggled with her but not before I said a silent prayer.
Dreaming is normal. And it happens to everybody. Sometimes they just cannot be recalled; at others, they leave you feeling strange and uncomfortable. When dreams are straightforward, they are a direct representation of what is going on in your life at that very moment. When they are difficult to decipher, they usually represent an underlying emotion or state of mind. Also, if you happen to discuss your dreams, you will realize that they are fairly common too.
As parents, whether working or not, we all have our share of convoluted dreams. Lets try and unravel what some of them actually mean.
Death: I will begin with the most dreaded one. While there is a lot of negativity associated with the term, it has a rather positive meaning in the Dream Dictionary. If you dream about the death of your child or spouse, it indicates the end of something (old) and the start of something (new). It might also point towards some major changes in your life.
Losing a child in a crowd: This means one of two things. It could stem from a feeling of overprotectiveness towards your child which is completely understandable. At a deeper level, it could mean the fear of a significant loss – either losing something that you have neglected or someone you may have let down.
Being chased: Under normal circumstances, if we feel threatened by something, our natural instinct is to flee from it. Hence, dreams of being chased indicate the presence of a physical or psychological anxiety in our lives. Incidentally, this is also the most common nightmare in the world.
Falling: This is another common dream and sometimes frightening as well. However, if it is any consolation whatsoever, these dreams generally come to an end before you hit rock-bottom. In reality, such dreams signify losing control over a particular aspect of life, such as a job or a valued relationship.
Naked: Naked dreams indicate fear. If you dream about being naked and embarrassed by it (quite obviously), it could mean the lack of confidence for a new venture. On the other hand, if you’ve been in a troubled relationship, naked dreams signify a state of emotional vulnerability.
Unprepared for an exam: This is something I dream about often. And can I tell you, it is an utter relief to wake up and find that my exam days are way behind me! In reality, these dreams are a common occurrence if you are critically examining any aspect of your life.
Baby: While one would imagine that this comes from a natural longing to have a baby, it means something quite profound. Babies indicate newness and originality. So if you’re getting into a new, loving relationship or have recently changed jobs, you might be dreaming about these little bundles of joy!
Leaving you with a couple of questions on the subject. Feel free to share your experiences; you might be surprised at the complexities of the human mind.
What has been your most disturbing dream till date?
Do you have any recurrent dreams? Ever researched what they actually mean?
As a parent, do you tend to dream about your children a lot?