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The dreams I’ve had lately seem to indicate people feeling like they are being nudged — if not downright pushed — into becoming aware of what holds them back from their best selves. This would be true and this is why: We have the time to pay attention, and our attention has been on being the best people we can be.

Dear Dream Retriever: Are my dreams reflecting my life, or is my life echoing my dreams?

In my dream the other night, I was watching a crew put up a fence around my yard. Just before they finished it, my neighbor drove his car into it. In real life, I put a fence up two weeks ago and two days later, my neighbor’s kid drove his motorbike through the fence.

In another dream, I was in a store’s dressing room and someone opened the curtain when I was not dressed. There were several people that this person exposed me to. In real life, a similar event happened where I was at a friend’s beach house and was showering the sand off in the outdoor shower and I took my swimsuit off to rinse the sand out and no sooner did I take it off when someone opened the door, almost exposing me to several people in the yard. This dream was days before the beach house. Coincidence? — Karen

Dear Karen: The first dream is about boundaries you have felt you needed to establish in your life and those that do not respect those boundaries. This dream is a reflection of how you are still feeling about and dealing with those who do not respect the boundaries you have set. Our dreams are often played out in real life to create that much more of an impact. Yikes! That dream is confirmation that you are in control of that aspect of your life and that fight is over. Let it go and concentrate on the next.

The dressing-room incident represents your fear of others seeing your real self. You feel that something about you will not be accepted by others. You change and try on clothes in the dressing room. This is your attempt to fit in, but during your attempt to fit in, someone sees who you really are and partially exposes that to others. If you be you, others will accept you as you are.

Email Jackie Bryson at dreamretriever@yahoo.com.