Nobody likes to be late for a flight, train, ship or a bus – and usually we do our best to avoid such a situation.
The motif of being late appears also in our dreams. We are in a hurry to catch a plane or a bus, but sometimes causes that we are late – we have to stay longer at work, there are traffic jams, we remind ourselves about the iron which we left plugged-in at home, etc. We have no time, but we can do nothing to act faster, we are doing everything slowly and helplessly. There may be also somebody who wants something from us and we can not refuse to do that.
In the other version of this dream, we know that we should be somewhere else, but we are absorbed by another things, marginalizing the thoughts of the upcoming travel. We may also be dreaming that we are at the airport or on a platform, but we can not find our mean of transport, and nobody is able to help us find the right flight or train…
How to interpret a dream about missing a flight or a train?
It is believed that dreaming about missing a flight or a train means the loss of a good opportunity for something important. We are thinking about what we have missed and subconsciously feel frustrated. The reason of such a situation in real life is not important. It is worth wondering about our behavior in the dream – if we miss our travel because of being absorbed by other people’s issues, probably our subconsciousness is suggesting us that we should think more about ourselves, not about the other people’s needs.
It is possible that our decisions are determined by fear – we think to much about the matters and are afraid of the consequences, we do not know how to get what we want (which is symbolized by the inability to find the right flight or train) – our mind is suggesting us that it is the time to deal with it, to act and to find help – in order not to miss the opportunity.
How would Freud interpret a dream about missing a flight or a train?
According to Freud, our fears of missing a train are related to the fear of death. He interpreted the way to the railroad station or to the airport as dying – so if we miss our mean of transport, the dream has a positive overtone.
How would Jung interpret a dream about missing a flight or a train?
Jung believed dreams about being in a hurry for a mean of transport to be the metaphor for the dreamer’s way to self-realization. He also warned that they may indicate neurosis related to being overambitious in some aspects of life, and be connected with missing the chance to learn more about ourselves.