I dreamed I was at the airport and had too many bags. I purposely left one bag behind that contained reminders of my past, literally ‘old baggage’, that I wanted to leave behind. Unfortunately, weeks later I got a call from Security that they had found it and they insisted on returning it to me.
This dream is a reminder that disposing of emotional baggage isn’t as easy as we’d like it to be. Memories cannot simply be discarded to satisfy convenience and naïve desire. All experiences, both good and bad, contribute to who you are today – and I bet you have a lot of wonderful talents and personal qualities.
Rather than dismiss the past by leaving it behind (perhaps for someone else to deal with?), you must accept that you have a responsibility to your essential self to accept the memories and assimilate the lessons from these experiences – even if they seem hard to handle.
It isn’t necessary to delve into the contents of that ‘old baggage’ regularly but you do need to accept ownership and responsibility for all of your luggage. Maybe, on your next dream trip, you could pack a lighter? Or if you insist on carrying all your emotional baggage a trolley may make handling easier. Your own emotional security demands that you find a solution.