Interpretation Of A Dream
The last few nights I have been having a recurring dream. I have been having a dream that I have experienced every so often for the last twenty one years – ever since I left university.
It is clearly something to do with apprehension. Fear of underachieving. Concern about not being ready for something. But apprehension, fear, concern about what?
The dream is always the same. I am at my Oxford college, Queen’s, and my Finals are imminent. I have a “feeling”/”sense” (for it is no more than that) that there is something that I am supposed to have studied but I have not. Something that I have forgotten to learn. There are only days/hours left before the exams and I am doomed to fail. I don’t even know what it is that I am supposed to have studied.
I try to find my friends to ask, seeking reassurance. But, I cannot find my friends. So, I go and ask a Tutor and are informed that there is indeed an entire volume of ancient texts that I am supposed to have studied for a crucial paper. I go off to the library. In my dream it is a slightly distorted image of the Library – it is much bigger and as if the real thing had been crossed with something out of Hogwarts. In a deep, dimly lit corner of the Library I find my friends. They are all sat around a single table which is laden down with the weight of a series of large, ancient texts – the tomes that I have omitted to study. They are the only copies available and I am out of time and I feel the despair of knowing that I am doomed to be a failure. And then I wake up.
So, what is that all about?
I do have another recurring nightmare about being trapped in my grandma’s old house, hiding behind the sofa. We are surrounded by Zulu warriors who are peering in through all of the windows. My dad goes out to reason with them but is attacked by a large dog that the Zulus set-upon him. This is another dream that I cannot interpret. But, this one, I have put down to eating too much cheese too close to bedtime.
ps. I actually did OK in my real degree.
- The Meaning of Dreams (lifescript.com)
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