Remember when you read Alice in Wonderland, and first read about the White Rabbit panicking because he was late for a very important date? It’s a pretty relatable part of the book. Most of us hate being late.
One might even say it’s a nightmare! When you dream about being pressed for time, or even late, it’s normal to be curious about what this dream means. Are you worried about your waking life being behind schedule?
Let’s see what dream interpreters say about this surprisingly common dream…
What Does It Mean If You Dream About Being Late?
1. You are worry about being late in real life
In many case, a dream of being late means a worry about being late in real life. If you are plagued by anxiety, it should come as no surprise that such dreams tend to be an expression of anxiety. This is doubly true if you are worried that you may mess up something by being “late to the game,” or even physically late for a meeting.
Dreams can offer a genuinely stark representation of our fears. If you’ve been pressured to arrive early, always bring your “A” game to work, or more, then it could be that you feel a sense of panic from all the pressure others put you under.
Many employees who work under a manager with an impatient personality tend to have nightmares of being late for work. It’s because they often are worried about the punishment that could come with it.
2. Another possibility is that you may be feeling overwhelmed by the expectations of your career
Many people feel a general nervousness about being able to “measure up” at work, or really, at any part of life. They may feel like they’re “faking it” and that they’re one serious mistake from losing it all. Does that sound like you?
Nightmares about being late for work or for an upcoming trip suggests that you may feel like you lack the necessary experience to make things work. You may also feel like you are lost among a sea of doubt. Do you feel like you’re the “odd one out” at work?
If you have great inner doubts about where you are going in life, this dream asks you to take time to improve your set of competencies. You can’t fix what’s wrong in your life without being confident in a good set of different skills.
3. If you’re late through no fault of your own, it could suggest that you’re worried about missing out on achieving a specific goal
If you’re dreaming of being late for an upcoming trip or a form of public transit, spiritualists believe that this could be a sign that you’re not going to make your goal happen in time. This isn’t your fault! You just don’t have the right opportunities to make it happen.
If you dream about being late because you took the wrong car or bus, then this could also be a warning dream. This dream suggests that you may make a mistake due to using the wrong method or choosing the wrong partner for a job.
Before you make any serious choice in your life, make sure that you’re not making the wrong decision. Look before you leap, and if people are worried that you’re not paying enough attention, listen to them!
4. Dreaming of another person being late suggests that you may experience betrayal
Superstitious people believe that if you dream of a person being late for a date or meeting, they may not actually follow through on a promise they made you in your waking life. What they’re late for can help you figure out what promise won’t be held up.
For example, a person who ends up being late for a date in a dream may end up standing you up for a date in real life. Or, they may not actually be as serious about commitment as you are.
5. Late dreams can also be a warning that you’re beating yourself up too much
Certain careers and life goals tend to require people to operate at the highest standards of work, especially if you want to get better results from the current opportunities you have at hand.
This can bring it the best side of you, but it also can ratchet up the level of anxiety you feel. If you work in a highly competitive field, you might have felt your insecurity start to rear its ugly head. That’s why this type of lateness dream acts as a warning.
This is a sign that you might be fretting too much about unimportant things that just affect you in a negative way. Or, that you’re trying to live under difficult expectations that may not even be realistic. Take a breather. A single goof-up is not the end of the world.
6. Dreams about being late to work also suggest that you may be unhappy in our career
This is a more psychological take on work dreams, but it’s one that tends to stand up to scrutiny. When you are having dreams about being reprimanded for being late at work, it could be that you dislike what your lifestyle is like as a result of your career.
Be honest. Have you been looking for a new position elsewhere? If not, now would be a time to start doing it. Your workplace seems to be causing a lot of problems in your life, and it’s a sign that you may end up with a loss of motivation if you stay in your position.
7. Dreams about being late to a wedding indicate that you’re struggling with a decision
If you dream about being late to your own wedding, you better watch out! Future brides and grooms better be aware that this dream means that you will not be able to step up to the responsibilities relationships have.
If you are debating having a baby, a dream about being late to your own wedding indicates that you are not quite ready to have one. You need to work on your finances and ability to remain responsible routines before you add a new member to the family.
8. Being late to someone else’s wedding suggests that you may struggle financially
Are you constantly shelling out money for needless goods? Do you find yourself “stocking up” just because something is on sale? A dream of being late for another person’s wedding celebration is a foul omen for people with money issues.
Superstition says that this dream is a warning that you will lose a ton of money soon. It’s best to pinch those pennies and look for a new career if this dream happens to you.
9. In some cases, being late can also indicate that you don’t feel very accepted by those around you
Another reason why you might be dreaming of being late to a friend’s celebration deals with the underlying attitudes that you may have experienced. Being late tends to bring about feelings of exclusion, embarrassment, and awkwardness.
No one likes being late, right?
Believe it or not, those feelings of being the one everyone stares at might be what this dream is trying to tell you. Think about your social life. Does it feel like you’re always the one who gets passed up for invites or left out of important moments?
While this dream doesn’t always indicate that you need to change your group of friends, it may be a sign that you’re better off looking for new friends—or at least having a genuine talk about where you belong.
10. A dream about someone else being late could also be a sign that you’re annoyed with them
We all know that one guy who is always late to everything, be it a wedding or his own job. If you dream about the person who’s always late being late, it’s a logical conclusion to assume you’re annoyed with his laziness or unwillingness to work on a schedule.
This is particularly true if their perennially-tardy behavior recently cost you new opportunities or caused you to feel like you’ve wasted your time.
11. Finally, it may mean that you feel like you need to put up a front
Do you avoid actual problems in favor of blaming others? If so, a dream about being late may mean that it’s time to confront the issues that have been eating away at your lifestyle. Otherwise, you may miss out on good times ahead.
Did you have a dream that involved being late for something? Whether it was late for school or late for a flight, tell us your dream in the comments below. Let’s find out that meaning!