Growing up, my nightmares/stress dreams seemed to revolve around school. They usual involved my showing up at school and not being able to remember my locker combination, forgetting what class was next on my schedule, or having to take a test in a class where I hadn't attended all year. Of course, there was the random show up to school naked dream, but really it was mostly not remembering something I should have remembered.
When I finished college and moved on to the working world, I would still occasionally have the school stress dream. However, I also started having spy dreams. I'm pretty sure this has something to do with watching to much "Alias", but I seemed to do a lot of running from people that were trying to shoot or kill me. I was a pretty good spy, though, so I usually was fairly indestructible in a Sydney Bristow/Jack Bauer fashion.
When I left my overtime-working accounting job, I went to work substituting at the elementary schools, along with other things. My stress dreams during this time period usually involved having to substitute for a sixth grade class of hellions, or the dreams had something to do with showing up at my old accounting job to work part-time or just for tax season. I always knew, waking up from one of these dreams, that I must be stressed about something.
Enter parenthood. Rarely do I have the locker/school dreams any more. It's been a long time since I've had a spy dream. I kind of miss those. I don't usually dream about my old jobs anymore, either. My dreams not revolve around my family. But not always in a happy way. They usually have to do with children waking up at 5 am and trashing the house; or extended family members descending upon my house at 6 am looking for food. Or having a child get lost or drowning in the bathtub. Apparently these are the things I now stress about subconsciously.
How about you? What are your stress dreams? Do they in any way reflect your true life and stresses?
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