Images of bridges in our dreams most likely relate to a transition in our lives. Symbolically, bridges offer a mode of making a change from one state of being to another. The dreamer’s emotions as he approaches the bridge and crosses it are important keys to the insights offered. And, the condition of the bridge is of utmost importance, as we see in today’s dream:
I have always been the most adaptable one in my family. Everyone looks to me to find the bright side of a bad situation. Even though I am the youngest, I’m the one who makes everyone else relax and feel better. I’m the cheerleader. But this dream has me upset and worried. I hope it has a happy ending. What do you think?
My parents and I are moving to a new town, or a new state. My brothers and sister are going too. We have to cross a long bridge to get to our new home. I am the last one to cross and I can now see that the bridge is under water! I am very upset. I’m anxious, and frozen at the end of the bridge, trying to figure out how I can get across. My family has all gone ahead of me! How did they do it? I want to cry, but hold back my tears even though I’m feeling more and more afraid. I have to catch up with them, but how can I? Then I think I can see my dad coming through the water toward me.
Afraid to Cross the Bridge
It’s not uncommon for the one on whom others rely to be the one who sometimes needs support, but cannot recognize it. Even the cheerleader sometimes needs encouragement. It’s also true that a person who’s always been in the position of “sunshine” can have a tough time of dealing with a cloudy day. Add to that the fact that the one on whom others rely, may even deny she needs help.
These are the things your dream suggests are going on below the surface for you. While you don’t specify what big change your family is going through, your dream presents it as a total change – going to a new state (of being), a new way of living (new home). What has been a comfortable, long-standing set of roles and expectations is undergoing a major shift. That alone can be scary, but doubly so for one who doesn’t want to change and has never shown fear or asked for help.
Your role may be called into question! Perhaps it seems that your family members no longer look to you to change the tone. Their independence can be threatening. If you are no longer the cheerleader, who will you be? Those are the powerful emotions that flood the bridge, making your transition to the “new state” so frightening and paralyzing. Not to worry, Dear Dreamer. Your father will help you define the new you.
Sweet Dreams to You!