ARE NIGHTMARES HELPFUL? WHY BAD DREAMS MAY BE GOOD FOR YOU

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That dream has also, at times, taken the form of me driving or walking somewhere without a map. I try desperately to figure out where I need to get to but am increasingly worried about being late.I feel like this is a fairly straightforward metaphor for the journey of professional reinvention I’ve been on, one that has intensified in the last year or so. It’s a dream about uncertainty and movement.

Dreams About Parties
In the last few months, however, the ‘being lost’ dreams have really faded. In their place have come a series of dreams about attending parties with other people: family, friends, strangers.

In these parties, I can always see the fun going on in another room, but something blocks me from taking part.

If you google “dreams about parties” you’ll find interpretations range from social anxiety to needing to let your hair down to partying too much.

For me, it’s simpler than that: I’m on a path towards personal and professional fulfilment, but I’m still not entirely sure that I’m permitted to enjoy it.

So the dream is very clearly reminding me that despite all the work I’ve done to construct a new narrative for myself, there’s still a bit of fear, and possibly even ambivalence, about seizing a life that is better suited to who I am.

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