what does it mean?

I was awake, and headed towards the shower because I knew I needed to be off to work early today.  But, the alarm hadn’t gone off and I wasn’t in my house…  I knew I was dreaming, I’d had that same dream at least once before.  There was nothing to do though but carry on.

The house was a mess, clutter, boxes, debris clogging the long dark hallway to the bathroom.  It was still dark outside and that attributed to the hallway only being dimly lit, but it wouldn’t have mattered if it had been noon on a sunny summer day, the hallway would still have only been half visible.  I could sense it liked it that way.  It liked being hidden, mysterious, making those who dared the trek down it’s length wonder about what may be hiding behind the towers of grime and filth choking the pathway.

Because I knew it was a dream I navigated the passage with zero trepidation, unlike the first time.  I had a destination.  I knew the bathroom lay at the end.  And while I was still dreaming I still needed to take a shower and be on my way.  It simply wouldn’t do to be late to work.

The light flickered on when I flipped the switch.  The bathroom was in just as bad shaped as the hall.  There was no shower curtain, a drapery of sorts had been hung by a string to shield the water from escaping the tub area.  It always failed to do the job though as evidenced by the pools of water accumulating here and there among the broken tiles of the bathroom floor.  Glancing up, the single light bulb dangled from its socket, unshielded, precarious at best.  Every inch of counter space was covered by cast off clothing, toiletries, towels, and a layer of grime that begged for me to switch off the light so it could be hidden away in darkness again.

I quickly disrobed, stacking my clothes neatly in a pile with my jeans on the bottom so only they would be affected by any water or filth that wanted to attack the pile.  I knew it all did want to attack the pile.  It had happened before.

I start the water and watch, helpless to stem the tide, as water pours over the edge of the tub and rushes along the floor, the rivulets tracking along the cracked surface before overcoming the narrow ravines and spilling across the tile top.  I step into the tub, bracing myself for the bitter sting of the cold water…

My alarm, the one in the real world, goes off and I wake up in relief…  My own shower, just a minute away will be warm, in a clean bathroom and well-kept bathroom.

What does the dream mean?  That I didn’t want to be late for work and having to deal with a disgusting bathroom would have been the ultimate obstacle to my morning.  That’s what I’m going with.  What do you think it meant?

34 thoughts on “what does it mean?

  1. I agree with you DJ, but I think it goes a little deeper like Rommel said. I’m not a dream analyst, but you might wish to look it up under dream meanings; may give you a little more insight. The dark could be a symbolism of you not wanting to ‘wake up’ and see things clearly. The dirt and filth…hmm…. Do you have a dirt phobia? OCD? Just giving you some things to think about. And then there is the water; I know water has to do with emotions. Gives you some starting points if you wish to dig deeper. 🙂

  2. I like the idea of what DMauldin53 said; dream OCD re the filth, grime, untidiness and broken tiles. It’s as if in the back of your mind you were wondering what if everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and then by extension what would disgust you as well as inconvenience you.

    • Good call to bring in the worry about the “what ifs” – in a way this would probably be similar to school related dreams where you can’t remember your locker combo or are always forgetting the right book/notes for a class.

  3. Although you are well ordered in your everyday life, there are some things you still want to do and there are obstacles in the way of doing them. You prepare as you know you should but there will still be things unforeseen coming your way. You will deal with them appropriately. Great writing Matt.

  4. I am far from being a dream analyst, but here it goes anyway….
    First, the hallway: it is an entryway or a bridge to another part of the house. Apply this concept to your life. What is clogging your path? Why does the tunnel seem dark? What is the real clutter?
    The bathroom: It’s a place to take care of your hygiene/health or to get “clean”. Being clean has many meanings.
    Do you need a rebirth? A new journey and can’t get yourself “ready” for it?
    Just speculating.
    🙂 I enjoy your blog. Keep it up!

  5. My couch is empty for the moment, so if you’d like to take a seat.
    Now, a very interesting dream. It appears that your mind is telling you to clear the clutter from inside your head. Focus, find what it is that you are supposed to do, rather than looking for things that have no meaning. And above all, avoid cold water if you can, it has an adverse affect on… let’s just say… your wedding tackle.

    Yes I take credit cards, that will be (what’s the going rate in America now?) $350, please. 😉

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