Dream of the Month (February 2007)
- Title: Going Backwards
- Date of the Dream: 1/30/2007 (mailed Tuesday, 30 January 2007)
- Dream: I'm working at this restaurant that I use to work at when I was in college, (about 12 years ago). In this dream the restaurant is out of the way and I have to stay at the restaurant for three or more days at a time. This makes me worry about my three cats, even though I know my boyfriend can take care of them. I decide to bring my cats to work with me so I can take care of them. They stay in a back room that is completely black with no windows. They have lots of food, water, clean litter and toys to play with. When I have to leave to take them back home, I can't find them. I look everywhere in and around the restaurant. Finally, I see my boyfriend with the cats and he's hailing a cab for us to go home. The cab driver is angry that we have three cats and no carrier but they're good and he finally stops complaining.
- Significant life event: I have been depressed lately.
- Personal concerns/issues: I'm going through tests right now to determine an allergy.
- Associations: I have been depressed lately.
- Category: Recurring
- Pen Name: Chelsea
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: A contrast between responsibility and care-taking often hints the dreamer is feeling pinched by pressures and may be sacrificing emotional or even physical well being to “make ends meet.”
When the care of pets is threatened or made complex in our dreams, this suggests the dreamer is feeling forced to make a choice between personal happiness and professional or other deadlines. We all suspend our preferences when there is a crunch, but if we feel squeezed for too long a time, our dreams begin to depict us losing track of beloved pets or even children. The forgotten or lost pets represent part of life we love best and sometimes set to the side when things get busy. These dreams are unpleasant, but genuinely helpful, as they serve as reminders to shuffle the “to do” list to include the activities that nourish the spirit and the heart.