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Old 04-09-2014, 09:57 AM
 
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Trying to figure out retirement dreams is one way to make you wonder the meaning of your life and what you with it.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:33 AM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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An acquaintance of mine calls these types of dreams "unfinished business", or some thoughts along those lines. Feeling like there are some things that you wanted to finish, but didn't. Makes some sense to me. . . .
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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several times I've had this dream that I forgot to do a monthly task that would have cost us Federal funding plus total humiliation for me. When panic wakes me up, I am so relieved to be retired.
That type of dream is actually pretty common, though it can be set up in different environments:

Anxiety dreams come in all shapes and sizes -- but whether they take you back to a hated job or the high school hallways, repetitive ones are very common, explains Berkeley-based dream expert Dr. Marcia Emery. But do they serve any purpose -- other than to freak us out?

“I call them ‘lost locker’ dreams,” she says. “You’re back in college, cramming for a final but you can’t find the locker or the textbook or the classroom. Or you’re giving a speech but can’t remember the words. You wake up in a sweat.”

While the dreams can be upsetting, Emery says they definitely serve a function.

“They help you check yourself out,” she says. “Their function is to get you to ask what you’re afraid of, what’s unfinished, where do you feel unprepared. They’re a wake-up call. There’s something that’s unresolved, usually an unresolved emotional problem.



Why our school days haunt our anxiety dreams - The Body Odd
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Miraflores
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I never dream about pre-retirement, but frequently have a recurring nightmare about the ex-wife. I cast her off into the ocean on one of those burning "Viking funeral Pyres" and by the time I get back to my seaside cottage, she is sitting at the kitchen table eating a box of Oreo's!
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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I still have waitressing nightmares, and haven't waited on tables since 1979.
I do have bad dreams about my current job, same as waitressing- being overwhelmed with assignments, unable to finish the work, forgetting key things. Same kind of dreams about school- that I cut so many classes I don't even know where they meet and I'll have to go to school for another year (I don't enjoy school). It's such a relief to wake up and realize it's all in the past.
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:10 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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That type of dream is actually pretty common, though it can be set up in different environments:

Anxiety dreams come in all shapes and sizes -- but whether they take you back to a hated job or the high school hallways, repetitive ones are very common, explains Berkeley-based dream expert Dr. Marcia Emery. But do they serve any purpose -- other than to freak us out?

“I call them ‘lost locker’ dreams,” she says. “You’re back in college, cramming for a final but you can’t find the locker or the textbook or the classroom. Or you’re giving a speech but can’t remember the words. You wake up in a sweat.”

While the dreams can be upsetting, Emery says they definitely serve a function.

“They help you check yourself out,” she says. “Their function is to get you to ask what you’re afraid of, what’s unfinished, where do you feel unprepared. They’re a wake-up call. There’s something that’s unresolved, usually an unresolved emotional problem.



Why our school days haunt our anxiety dreams - The Body Odd
Very interesting, and very useful information. Retired 3 years, I still on occasion have work stress related dreams and I also have "can't-find-my-homeroom" high school dreams.
I guess I'm not surprised. Although always a superior employee, I felt a lot of pressure to get the job done. And that was just as true whether I was a business manager or a truck driver. In spite of having my ducks in a row these days, I still pressure myself to get this or that done.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:49 PM
 
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I have been retired for nine months. I think about work during those periods where I have nothing planned to do.

I liked what I did for the past 22 years but honestly, the company was sold and the culture was toxic.

I think that as long as your are bored, you might idealize how much better it was - you don't remember all th bad things.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:20 AM
 
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I'm about four years away from retirement and I remember everything really well! Just banged my hand up and called in for tonight.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I spent 30 years in a factory and yes I do have dreams/night mares about it. I have been retired from there 14 years now. When I wake up from the dream I feel very relieved that I'm retired from there.

After retiring I worked for 3 other companies for short periods but I have never dreamed about them.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:39 PM
 
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I often have dreams where the people worked with are in the dream. Can't say its any more common than other people I have known tho. I think its just common to dream and the people in dream are people you have known well for a number of years. No great mystery as far as I am concerned.
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