Sigmund Freud had a lot to say about dreams, and what they indicate is going on in our subconscious.
There must be some nearly universal stuff knocking around down there because I know many people who have a variation on a single dream.
The setting is always a school. Usually a high school although my age is often current. It is a large place and I am having difficulty finding my locker. Also I can't remember the combination so I guess there is no great urgency in finding it.
Of somewhat greater concern I have a test in just a few minutes, and I forgot to study for it. I also forgot to put on enough clothing.
The dream is populated by people. None of them seem concerned that I am clad only in a T shirt, which I am diligently trying to tug downward for reasons that would otherwise become rather evident. This dream has recurred so many times that it has become familiar, I can actually pick out minor variations in it. Oh, and it is one of the few dreams in which I am always aware of at least a high probability that I am dreaming.
I finished my residency in Family Medicine in 1985. That year, and episodically thereafter, I had to take a Board Exam. They got a little harder as I got further into my career, darn it all if they did not keep inventing new stuff!
When I left clinic practice a few years back I sort of figured I would be done with taking Board Recertification Exams. I am working as an Emergency Room doc now. And I thought a few more years and it would be time to move on to the next challenge.
But I changed my mind. I enjoy work and would even consider a slow down phase where I go back to part time office practice. So with a deadline looming I decided I would take the Recertification Exam.
I made this decision in mid August. I had until September 17th to get all my bureaucratic ducks in a line.
The hardest part was doing a series of online "modules", basically a sort of interactive test that teaches you things by showing you how much you don't know. I had to do 7 of them. They were supposed to take 12 hours each.
So over the course of a three week span I did them all. While continuing to work full time. And have a family wedding. And get ready for my upcoming robotics class. And go on my annual baseball road trip.
Obviously I did not have any extra time, so I found myself at my laptop in the midst of a torrid late summer heat wave. The air conditioner was being balky so I was sitting there clad only in boxer shorts. I found myself unprepared for an upcoming test. And if you ask me for my locker combination I still have no clue.