Being late dreams or dreams of missing an appointment or connection are very common, due to the fact that the majority of us are under such stress to manage our time and multitask in our waking lives. All of this puts undo pressure on us at work, home, school and even on our own personal recreational time.
Being late in a dream as an image of finding it difficult living up to your own demands or the demands of others. We live in a time where the pressure of expectations is huge – from society, from parents and last but not least (I am tempted to say), from ourselves. When we dream that we are late or that we are about to be late, it is often because we are fighting a battle to achieve more than we can actually handle.
If you feel that this interpretation is relevant to you then the dream is a clear signal that you are currently about to wind down and re-prioritize what is most important in your life – and then focus on that. People who work in jobs with many “here and now” performances often dream about being late. In times of exams, job interviews and other high-performance situations, dreams about being late are also very normal.
This type of dream might mean that you are taking on too much in your waking life and might be a symbol of your associated frustration. It can also be a sign of ambivalence and that you are waffling and having difficulty in making decisions about new opportunities in your life. There might also be a deep-seated fear of change. Additionally, you may feel that you are not being supported in accomplishing your immediate goals. You may be very confused about making solid decisions for your future. You could also be feeling that time is running out for making solid plans or that you will be unable to make all of the appointments on your calendar.
Being late in a dream as a symbol of a needed change in life or a hope of change in life.
Dreams about being late can also symbolize an unconscious fear of missing an opportunity or missing out on something critical – for example, developing your relationship, raising a family, etc. In this way, a dream about being late can be a type of “wake-up call.” Perhaps a type of “pull yourself together now before it’s too late (or you will be single/stay in that job/be unemployed forever).”
It is not uncommon for women to dream about being late when they approach menopause, i.e. it will soon be “the last chance” to get the first or last child. Similarly, a dream about being late illustrates that now is the last chance to make a career change – following your dream of becoming self-employed , improving your photography skills, etc.
These dreams can also be indicative of a profound and deep-rooted regret and sadness about a missed opportunity or a decision that was not made.
These dreams can also be an indication that you might resent an individual who has influence over you either at work or in your personal relationships. The disregard for this individual may be bringing on these types of dreams.
In younger individuals, dreams about being late for school can signify that they are feeling unprepared in some way or do not know which direction to choose for the future. It can also indicate frustration at not attaining specific goals or desires.
These types of dreams also include ones about missing or being late for a flight. It implies that you are overworked and are having anxiety about deadlines or specific target dates that you must meet. It also reveals feelings that no matter how hard you try to get things done, there will never be enough time.
Good planning, time management and setting realistic goals may help alleviate the recurrence of these types.