Dreams of being unprepared for a test are among the oldest recorded dreams in human history! Since time immemorial, when faced with a new challenge, we find our dreams reflecting fear of failing the newest test. These anxiety-producing dreams almost certainly signal a passage of some sort the dreamer faces in his waking life: a threshold he must cross as he progresses in life.
What do you suppose a dream like this means?
I dreamed I was taking one of those tests to see if you’re ready to get married. Maybe it was from a church or a marriage counselor of some kind. I felt completely unprepared for the test. I did read the material ahead of time, but I didn’t study it like I should have. I felt completely dumbfounded by the questions, and sat looking around at the other people who were there taking the test too. I tried to explain myself to those sitting closest to me, but they were busy taking the test and only glanced at me.
Someone persuaded me to take the test more seriously, so I went back and started again. This time I felt pretty sure that I knew some of the answers, but still wasn’t as confident as I wanted to be. Again I was uncomfortable and restless, so I got up to pace around the room. Then I worried that the teacher would think I was cheating, but it didn’t matter, nobody seemed to notice or care what I was doing. Then, I lost the second half of the test completely! The papers I had left looked like a Sunday newspaper that had been out in the rain. They were soggy and heavy.
What a mess! Then I woke up.
Scared of Failing
Your dream suggests that you are sizing yourself up and feeling unsure of your readiness for an upcoming commitment. Maybe you’re in the running for a new job. Maybe you’ve entered into a new relationship, or, maybe more literally, an existing relationship is about to progress to a new level of commitment – marriage.
In any case, you are displaying all the symptoms of opening night jitters, also known as cold feet! You feel unprepared. You didn’t prepare seriously. You’re sure you’re going to fail. These are excuses and the types of thoughts a person has when contemplating flight!
It’s worth noting that those around you are too busy with their own tests to give your insecurity any consideration. That is a solid sign that your worries are in your own mind only.
Are you being asked to try something at which you failed in the past? When you make a second attempt in your dream, you feel more confident, and rightfully so. The second time around, many of the questions will be familiar. You can do better than you give yourself credit for, Dear Dreamer. The soggy newspaper suggests that it’s your fear that weighs you down and holds you back.
Sweet Dreams to You!