“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”
― Criss Jami
Speak your truth, they say. I see it everywhere.
And for a while now, I’ve been doing that. I’ve been more open and vulnerable by sharing my feelings and stories.
But that doesn’t mean it has been easy to do. Heck no!
And the way my dreams have evolved recently is proof of that. But I don’t mean my life dreams (though they have absolutely changed). I mean my actual bedtime dreams.
You know those dreams you have where you need to find a restroom yet the only ones you find are gross and are set up like communal locker room showers instead of individual stalls with locks? (No, I’m the only one?)
These restroom dreams are just one type of dream that can tell you a lot about your real life vulnerabilities.
For me, those dreams used to represent my fear of putting too much truth and honesty into my writing. I’d have these dreams after writing a draft yet to be published. It was as though my dream was trying to warn me not to release it for all the world to see.
And lately, the dream has evolved slightly. Before, I wouldn’t ever see the whole dream play out! I’d wake up not knowing what happened! It would just end with me still needing to relieve myself. Sometimes, after seeing the nasty bathroom, I’d walk away to try and find another one.
But nowadays, while the bathroom still isn’t private (and still gross), I’m able to walk away from the experience relieved. I didn’t die! It didn’t kill me to pee in front of total strangers, often men. It’s like I now walk in, do my thing, and leave. It’s kinda liberating!
If you’re having the same types of bathroom dreams, I believe they are a direct reflection of how you feel about exposing yourself to being more open and vulnerable in real life. And as you can see, mine have evolved from being too embarrassed to not giving a sh*t about who sees me.
And I know that this directly relates to my real world life. Today, I’m not as concerned about how my words will be received by others.
Maybe there are areas in your life where you feel extremely vulnerable (aka naked), too. I believe that these dreams are just our subconscious minds reminding us that we’re not going to die of embarrassment if we’re more vulnerable and expose our authentic selves.
(Or maybe I’m completely wacko and need to be committed for even believing our dreams mean anything!)
Progress Worth Pursuing is Often Slow
The idea that my bathroom dreams are finally telling us that I’m going to survive is reassuring. It is nice knowing that inner growth is indeed happening.
Sure, it’s been a long time coming. And the pace at which we grow is often slow, but progress is progress, right?
I’ve learned that when it comes to many areas of our life, slow and steady progress is best. I know that when I was trying to figure out my sh*t when life broke me, I took things one day at a time.
And that’s what I have been doing recently with my blogging and business ventures. I’ve been slowly pushing through my fears and breaking down walls brick-by-brick because that’s the only way real progress can be made – by tackling one vulnerability (or naked truth) at a time.
What Are Your Dreams Telling You?
Take a minute to think about the dream patterns you’ve been experiencing lately. There are so many other types of dreams that reflect how we are feeling in real life. Another common one for me that happens usually surrounding an upcoming move or life change are dreams with tornados.