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Common Dreams Boat

When dreaming, various modes of transport can feature as a symbol—planes, trains, buses, vans, cars, bikes. Generally a vehicle will represent your journey and progress in life. The size and shape of the vehicle may indicate your capacity or function.

You may dream of a car overheating which may imply you are stressed and burned out. It could be a passenger plane taking off which may refer to a project or business enterprise about to be launched. Perhaps you’re in a boat heading towards a large wave, saying, “I’ve got to get over this, I have to get over this.” Such a dream may indicate the need to move on from your past. The wave may represent a sizeable problem you are confronted with, a disappointment, a broken relationship or business deal gone wrong—all scenarios that you might wish to ‘get over’.

As with all vehicle symbols, make sure you note the detail in the dream. What type of plane, its size, who is flying it, its destination, is it ascending or descending, how fast is it moving? A large plane struggling to get off the ground may refer to a project you are finding difficult to get started. It may also indicate the ‘weight’ of responsibility associated with a project. Perhaps your ambition and vision is too large, and you’re not quite ready for it to take off.


  • Flying in a holding pattern
    This may be indicative of how you feel when life seems to be going around in meaningless and mundane circles, never reaching the destination. It could mean you are lacking purpose and direction. It may also imply you’re giving too much thought to an incomplete project or venture prior to launching it.
  • Missing your flight
    This sort of dream might simply be anxiety about an upcoming trip. There is always the worry you might get caught in traffic or arrive late for your flight.
    However, it may also reflect your concern about meeting a certain deadline. An underlying anxiety can also cause you to question whether you have what it takes to complete the project. 
  • Turbulence
    You may be going through an unsteady and tumultuous time. You may be feeling emotionally unstable with the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of life.
  • Crash
    To dream a plane is diving and going to crash could symbolise a feeling of intense insecurity or lack of confidence. It might also indicate a loss of control or momentum in your life.

Life Application

Life is a journey and not a destination. It comes with the gifts and talents uniquely tailored for your personality and path of life. Your journey/road will have its ups and downs, heartaches and celebrations. The path will not always be smooth but throughout your life you will encounter opportunities as well as challenges.

Like a seed, you have the privilege of cultivating, watering and nurturing your potential.

 Spanish composer-cellist, Pablo Casals, understood the need to keep growing. He was in his final years when a young reporter asked him, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice six hours a day?” Casals’ answer: “Because I think I’m making progress.”

As stated above, life is a journey and not a destination, so keep growing, keep learning, keep practising, keep giving. Do this and you will live a satisfied and fulfilled life.

“Stop watering things that were never meant to grow in your life.
Stop wasting water on dead issues, dead relationships, dead people, a dead past.
No matter how much you water concrete, you can’t grow a garden”
– TD Jakes