Here’s a weird dream I just had

Ted Bauer Weird Dream

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From the personal posting annals, here we go:

I’m in a car driving through what appears to be the desert/mountains of New Mexico with my parents. I’ve never been to New Mexico, so I can’t be entirely sure about this, but from photos and TV shows, it appears to be. (I was in SW Texas last weekend in the Alpine/Marfa area, and I think that looks similar to New Mexico, so maybe that’s where my subconscious got this from.) Anyway. We’re driving and I’m shotgun, my dad is driving, my mom is in the back. My wife is not present; odd, as it seems in current situations she would be. Again, anyway. We’re driving and it seems like the goal is to reach the other side of New Mexico — Arizona, I’d reckon — although my dad and mom are both unclear about whether we’re headed west or east. Normally I’d help them solve this situation with Google Maps on my phone, but each time I try to use it, it (the app) doesn’t know which way we’re going either. So essentially, I’m lost in the desert, no one knows what is going on, no one knows which direction we’re headed in, etc. 

Pretty deep, eh?

I took to Google, and here’s what I found:

From The Huffington Post back in 2011:

What do dreams about being lost mean?
“Dreams about being lost or searching for something that is lost usually denote anxiety. They evoke feelings of confusion and frustration, or even a sense of feeling you don’t fit in,” says O’Connor. “Usually, the meaning has to do with a current situation in your life where you are anxious that you will not find your way — perhaps a new job where you feel your skills are not optimal, a move to a new city where you are anxious about fitting in and making new friends or perhaps an important task at work with a deadline looming.”

Hmm. Could be. I have only lived (and worked) in Texas (and at my job) for a year. I still often feel like I don’t really fit in. I’m not really nervous about deadlines, per se … but we do have this big trade show thing starting next week that would classify as “an important task.” That might work, then. I often worry about having friends in Ft. Worth/making friends north of 30/etc. So maybe that fits in too.

From some other site:

It could also mean that you don’t have any defined goals.

Possible. I worry about this shit all the time, too. Like … what am I doing? What’s my “purpose,” if you will?

At this point a lot of this probably seems like amateur psychology, because I mean … if you dream about being lost, clearly that would represent that at some level, you feel lost in your personal life, right?

From ListVerse:

Dreaming about being lost is very common and will usually occur when you are having conflict in deciding how to react in a situation in real life. In the dream you are trying to find your way out of an area – such as a forest, city streets, a large building, or other maze-like structure. Another way this dream plays out involves you being trapped, buried alive, caught in a web, or unable to move for some other reason. This is often accompanied by a feeling of terror. This dream usually means that you are trapped in real life – unable to make the right choice.

I could see this. One thing I sometimes think is that there’s a yin-yang between what I seem to want out of life (adulthood, career, kids, etc.) and how I sometimes act (like I’m 23 at 34). So maybe I’m trapped there and unable to make the right choice. Hmm.

Dreams are super interesting to me. I thought I’d blog about one. In so doing, I now realize I have a couple of things to consider about my own existence, eh?

Ted Bauer