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Do you remember a recent dream you had? Or an older one that stayed vivid in your mind? Today, you’re your own Freud: Tell us the dream, then interpret it for us! Feel free to be as serious or humorous as you see fit, or to invent a dream if you can’t remember a real one.

Just recently I had one of my classic packing dreams. They’re a sign of stress in anticipation of traveling somewhere. The dreams take different forms and occur in different places, but no matter what I do, I can’t get everything in my suitcase, or I open another drawer or closet and keep finding more that I have to pack.

The latest dream had a new twist: I was on a busy city street with my suitcase, and things kept falling out of it. A pink blouse fell into the mud, and other clothes were getting dirty. I kept trying to get them back in, but I was in a frenzy when … my husband brought me my morning coffee at 7:00 a.m.

Whew, I didn’t miss the train, bus, boat or plane! We have a trip planned and the no doubt that recalled the dream from some dark corner of my mind. I also wonder if it’s a message that I always pack too much, and just before we leave the house I find something else I think I should take with me? I don’t know why I feel so compelled to be ready for anything — because I only ever use about half the clothes I take — and it’s always pretty easy to buy something if you really need it. I have stopped taking anything that needs to be ironed, because I’ve learned, it’s just not going to happen.

So maybe I should reinterpret these dreams as signs that I should start planning and packing earlier so I can review my choices, and that I should worry less about being prepared for anything. I think stress is the cause of the dreams, but perhaps it’s also my mind telling me to simplify.

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