The other night I had a dream (stay with me!) that I was walking around NYC, only it wasn’t present day NYC, but NYC circa 1980, which I only remember because I was part of a movie about “the neighborhood,” which was being filmed at the time, and everything was very era-specific, from the cars to the buildings to the clothes. I don’t know what neighborhood it was, but I remember walking up to a tiny store, where Wren from Smithereens was the main salesperson. The store was about 900 degrees, and Wren made fun of my boots (because of course she would) and then I told her that I bought the $5,400 dress she was trying to sell me at a thrift store, “20 years from now,” for $5, and she told me to shut up. End dream.

So let’s look at what’s going on here, beyond “I watched Smithereens again six months ago, and now I’m having a dream about it.” I picked out 5 aspects of the dream and looked them up in the Dream Moods dictionary.

1. Time Travel (I’d gone back to the early ’80s.)

To dream about time travel indicates your wish to escape from your present reality. You want to go back into the past or jump forward to the future to a period where your hopes are realized. This dream also represents your romantic tendency and or your desire to romanticize everything.

Real-life application: I have been super sentimental lately, which I always am during fall, and as I’ve been feeling a bit stuck, looking forward has been my mode of handling things. Early-’80s NYC is also a time and place I’m in love with and romanticize often, so it’s not surprising I walked around in an idyllic version of it in my dream.

2. Heat

To feel heat in your dream indicates a feeling of shame or embarrassment. Alternatively, it represents purity and creative energy.

Real-life application: This is one of those gems that’s very Facts of Life theme song, in that you take the good and take the bad and take them both and there you have pretty much the definition of what it’s like to be an easily embarrassed person who likes to create stuff, so yeah, I’ll take it.

3. Boots

To see or dream that you are wearing boots refers to the power in your movement and the boldness of your position. You are taking a firm stance. The dream may also be a metaphor that you are getting the boot. Are you getting kicked out somewhere?

Real-life application: Well, I’m not getting kicked out of anywhere (as far as I know), so I’ll go with the firm stance bit. I recently had to make some personal changes (like saying no more, I guess) for my own wellbeing, so that fits.

4. Dress

To see or wear a dress in your dream represents a feminine outlook or feminine perspective on a situation. You are freely expressing your femininity. If you are a man and dream that you are wearing a dress suggests that others are questioning your sexuality. Or that you are feeling sexually insecure. To dream that you are wearing a white dress implies that you want to appear pure and angelic toward others. Perhaps you are trying to look “innocent”. To dream that you are wearing a purple dress refers to your devotion to your spouse or partner. If the dress is another color, look up the specific color for additional significance.

Real-life application: Yo! That’s pretty deep for a dress! But my dress WAS purple, so I guess it just means I’m devoted to my dude.

5. Wren (Now, this is a stretch, because you won’t find a definition for most names or characters, but with such a distinct name, I thought it was worth a look.)

To see a wren in your dream symbolizes good luck.

Real-life application: I’ll take it!

Overall Analysis

I’m feeling somewhat stuck right now, and though the steps I’m taking to feel better may lead to some frustration and embarrassment (my guess is social anxiety), I have to keep in mind that the boundaries I’ve recently set up are helping me in many ways, that I have a strong relationship in my life, and that I can channel my anxiety into creative endeavors. And hopefully, if I keep going, I’ll have luck on my side.

Not bad, right? These aren’t necessarily things I haven’t heard from others, or known myself, but when you’re feeling stuck, it’s nice to have a little boost from the back of your brain to remind you to keep moving forward.

I recently found a dream diary from high school at my parents’ house, and though I couldn’t remember any of the dreams (They were from 1997, man! Give me a break), I giggled at my super-serious analysis, and noticed that every single dream that I’d analyzed meant “your heart has been broken, but you will find love someday!” which is the only thing I wanted anyone to tell me in 1997, though I wouldn’t have believed them if they tried. The only thing I believed was my own brain and the possibly magical secrets it was trying to send me. I was clinging to possibilities, and hope for brighter days, and the safest place for me to find both was in the darkness of sleep, when the lights of the world went out and the projector inside of my mind flickered on, spinning tales only I could see. ♦