Any time an explosive appears in a dream, pay attention! If the bomb is ‘live,’ circumstances are volatile. Proceed with caution! Consider today’s dream, for example:
If my dad were alive, I’m sure he’d be shaking his head and calling me an old fool right about now. My wife and I split a long time ago, and I’ve had several relationships since then, some more successful than others. I am definitely old enough to know better, BUT, in spite of that, I have developed a big infatuation with a young woman at work. She’s too young and I know it. But there it is. I can’t help myself! She’s encouraging me, flirting with me every chance she gets. Some of my coworkers have even started to razz me about her. She’s on my mind all the time even though I know the whole thing is doomed before it starts.
Now here is the dream that gave me a scare: I’m driving my work truck really fast on the road toward my old school. I look over at the passenger seat and see that some sticks of dynamite, a detonator and a ticking timer are wired to the door. I pull over to the side of the road and somehow remove the bomb from the door. Even though I don’t know anything about explosives I defuse it pretty easily. Then – and to me this is the scary part – I hold the bomb to my chest before throwing it away.
So, is all this foolish thinking going to give me a heart attack?
Old Enough to Know Better
Dear Old Enough,
Now and then a dream comes along that seems plainspoken. Your dream, with its series of quick and distinct images and actions gets right to the point. In it, you’re driving to high school in your work truck! You don’t mention your actual age, or that of the ‘young woman’ at work, even though you say you know she’s too young for you. (I hope she’s not in high school!) Your dream is dramatizing the extreme difference in age, and maturity, by portraying your ‘drive,’ or determination to return to adolescence (high school). And most irrational of all, you’re doing it at work, represented by your work truck.
In another blunt image, your dream suggests that should you pick up the passenger you have in mind, you would be ferrying a ticking time bomb. Happily, you pull up short. If you do so, you can diffuse the situation. You say you know nothing about explosives, but in reality, you can help yourself. You know what you need to do to put the brakes on this disaster-in-the-making.
Your final gesture, when you clutch the bomb to your chest, suggests that even though your heart is already involved to some extent, you have the capacity to save yourself. Get a grip, Dear Dreamer. Think about what you’re doing. Save yourself and your job. Toss that bombshell out the window.
Sweet Dreams to You!