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Old 04-04-2019, 07:34 AM   #21
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Why does that happen? Does it still happen with today's kids who have on-line access to their files?

Well, in my case, itís because of my natural slackosity (how do you like that word?). In my dream, I know I am enrolled in the class!
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:34 AM   #22
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Well, in my case, itís because of my natural slackosity (how do you like that word?). In my dream, I know I am enrolled in the class!
Get this. I was not a slacker, but I had that variant too! I'd be like, "Yeah, I blew off the class all semester. So what... Wait, wait! What have I done? The final is tomorrow!"

I had this dream occasionally for 10 years after college. I expected the same for after work. So far, it hasn't happened and I'm grateful for not revisiting that stress constantly.
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:17 AM   #23
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I have the occasional dream of w*rking and not getting a paycheck, with Payroll and HR unable to correct it.

I too have the "missed whole semester and today is the final exam" dream. IMO it's expressing a feeling of unpreparedness in current life, but why that yields the same dream for so many people is strange. Maybe the cartoons we all watched as kids had subliminal "the final exam is today" messages hidden within (yes, I'm joking about that).
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What's the point in retiring if all you're gonna dream about is w*rk? I wanna hear about the dreams involving lingerie and trampolines fun hobbies and naps.

As you can tell, I'm going stir crazy at the sweatshop. This has been an exhausting week. I'm gonna lose it if I don't get some time off soon. Can't wait for Saturday, and eventually, for when every day is Saturday.
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:35 AM   #25
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Many people have a common dream about being back in college. Mine usually involve me being in a class and having no idea what the lesson is about. Along the same lines, 6+ years after my ER, I still have an occasional dream of 2 flavors - either I'm interviewing for a job (that I have no idea what it entails), or I'm in a job where I don't know what I'm supposed to do. Either way, I'd classify these as nightmares!
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I never dream about past work experiences, or school ones for that matter. When I can remember my dreams, they seem to be about my times with old girlfriends. I don't know if there is a message there or not.
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No dreams about work. Only about college. For many years. Most of them I was either late or naked. Not sure of the significance of the latter
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No dreams about work. Only about college. For many years. Most of them I was either late or naked. Not sure of the significance of the latter
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Old 04-04-2019, 11:24 AM   #29
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The college dreams are the ones that got me. It wasnít that I didnít know I was enrolled in a course but that I never attended and finals rolled around.
yep I seem to have that one a few times a year. The work dream happens about 2 or 3 times in the past year. Not a bad dream just weird. I think we are normal.
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I'm sitting here laughing because I didn't realize how common the missed classes, unprepared final exam college/university dream was. I have that dream a few times a year and I'm stressing out in my dream that I don't have my degree because I'm short credits.

I also have dreams about work but I'm still working. I don't dream about work that often, though I had one this morning about getting ready for a presentation and not having the info I needed.
Common theme I guess: Freaking out about being prepared.
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Any other FIRE's here have frequent dreams about their old job?
Ahhhhh....... No....... But if I did, I'd get counseling as needed to get myself straightened out.
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Oh boy. Dreams about former jobs.

I left megacorp 29 years ago to start my own business. I have dreams about working at megacorp about once every two weeks. The dreams have a common theme--I'm not doing anything at my job. Just walking around talking to people, looking at stuff, sitting in at meetings, asking for projects, sometimes begging my supervisor for work.

I've even had performance reviews where I get average or bad reviews. At that point I tell my supervisor that I haven't been on the payroll for decades and challenge him to look it up! So how can you give me a bad review?! Now give me something to do, I'm sick of walking around trying to look busy!

Drives me crazy having these dreams. You'd think they'd stop. At least they don't happen every couple of nights or even once a week like they used to happen.

Meanwhile, I rarely have dreams about my own business.
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I probably shared this before, but at least once a year, this recurring dream about when I worked in Chicago and took the train from Lisle. 7:30 AM and jeanie drives me to the train. I have to make a 9:00 A.M presentation to about 30 top management people including Rawleigh Warner, President/CEO of Mobil that owned Montgomery Ward at the time. 1981, I think.
Am halfway into the city, when i look down and see that I have on one brown shoe, and one black shoe.
Jumped off the train, called jeanie to meet me at that station.... a blood curling 20 minutes... put on the matching shoe, and rode the next train into the city. made it to the 21st floor where the meeting was being held... with 7 minutes to spare.

Did you ever have your whole life pass before your eyes in about an hour?
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Old 04-04-2019, 01:22 PM   #34
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At that point I tell my supervisor that I haven't been on the payroll for decades and challenge him to look it up!
This is in my restaurant work dreams, where I realize that not only am I working on weekends unnecessarily, but Dad has never paid me! Are we feeling unappreciated or what?
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This is in my restaurant work dreams, where I realize that not only am I working on weekends unnecessarily, but Dad has never paid me! Are we feeling unappreciated or what?
It could be we are underappreciated or it could be something else. I have no clue as to interpreting this dream.

I just think it is hilarious that my subconscious mind has enough sense to tell upper management that I don't actually work there, I'm just hanging around with nothing to do. The look of surprise on their faces is priceless.
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I left work, went back and left again. I definitely had some serious nightmares when I went back. No doubt in my mind it was my subconscious telling me something pretty clearly.
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Work dreams have become less frequent as the months and years have passed. But after 7+ years, I still have them occasionally - probably 2-3/year these days...
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5 years from w%*K.. several times Iíve dreamt that I was in my suit and tie at a business meeting...barefoot.. very awkward.
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I retired 7.5 years ago. I still have work related dreams. Usually the focus is on a former colleague or boss. Sometimes 2 are featured. Pretty random.

I also have the didnít study not ready for the exam dreams, usually about my college days.
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Been FIRE'd for just over two years now. Over that time I have occasionally had dreams about working at my old job. Over the past few weeks however these dreams have become more frequent and seem to consistently focus on frustrating situations at work. Seems curious to me since I don't miss work AT ALL.

Any other FIRE's here have frequent dreams about their old job?

Yup. Iím only about 3 1/2 months in though. Had one last night...
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