Sometimes, my dreams mean nothing. For example, once I was going to be going to Boston for a week, and I had a repeated dream that I was going to be mugged in a dark alleyway. I almost cancelled my trip, but decided to go forward with it. I was never mugged, though I did avoid walking on streets with alleys after dark, so perhaps that was all the dream was meant to warn me to do.
At any rate, I’ve had enough dreams that do come to pass, that I generally make it a point to tell at least one person when I have them so that someone will know I really did dream it before it happened.
Case in point: When I was a teenager, I had a good friend named Lisa. We were both young moms, and we both grew up in our grandmas’ houses. We decided to have a getaway and go to Miami for a girls’ weekend. We both arranged for our Grandmas to babysit, and we mapped out our activities.
Again, this was in the days before computers and the internet, so when I say we mapped out our trip, we literally used a map and planned our route. We also contacted a travel agent and got brochures of several things to do while we were there. Even though we would only be gone for three days, we wanted to make the most of our time away from Mommyhood.
However, as the weekend of our trip approached, I repeatedly had a dream of the two of us being involved in a horrific car accident. We went to school together and also hung out together quite frequently, so it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility that we would be seen in a car together. But as the days went by, I saw that our children were not in the backseat as they usually were in real life. There weren’t even any baby car seats in the back. I told Lisa about all my dreams, and she just laughed and said it was pre-vacation jitters about leaving the kids.
Finally, the night before our trip, I had the dream yet again, only this time, I saw a sign that said I-95 South… the very highway we would be using to go to Miami. When Lisa woke up, I told her about that dream, and the color drained from her face. She didn’t blow me off as she had previously. We decided then and there to forget the trip altogether. She went home and picked up her baby, and we took the kids to the park instead.
That night, Lisa and her child spent the night with me, and we watched the news… And there was a huge accident on Southbound I-95 near Miami. A semi crossed the lanes, multiple cars piled up, and many people died. And it happened around the same time of day that we would’ve been there, had we left on time.
Time to talk… Have you ever changed your plans because of a dream you or someone else had? Have you ever had a bad feeling about doing something or going somewhere for no good reason?