I have a recurring dream. Hard to call it a nightmare, exactly, but it panics and annoys me every time I have it.
It starts off with me arriving at the airport. I arrive with plenty of time to spare, so I amble around, running errands, having a meal, reading magazines, etc, until I realise that I have lost track of time and only have 15 mins left to reach the gate.
I scramble to get myself together and - for some reason - I can't fit everything I have into my carry-on. Or, I have too many pieces. So, I spend the next few minutes trying to re-pack everything. Inevitably, I have to ditch something important in the process, which makes me sad.
When I run to the gate, I discover that I'm in the wrong terminal. Or, the gate is the furthest gate away from where I currently am. Sometimes, I rush to the gate, only to discover that the gate has been moved and I must board a bus to take me to the proper gate, which will waste precious time.
Every time I have this dream, I encounter all sorts of bizarre obstacles on my way to the gate. I might run into an old friend, or acquaintance, who thinks it's very rude of me to rush off without a proper 'hello'. Other times, I've discovered that my passport has expired, but that they might be able to make an exception. Sometimes, the security queue is unreasonably long and the couple in front of me have five kids who won't follow directions. Or, someone is having a diabetic attack.
Once, I had to remember what locker I had temporarily stowed my belongings in, before I could go to the gate. After completing that challenge, I can't find the locker key, or I don't remember my combination.
I never get to the plane on time. Usually, I wake up panicked and angry, then realise that it's only a dream.
I am not sure why it's so important to board the plane, as I never know where I am going.
There was a time, once, when I did make the plane. However, it flew in a very strange flight path, taking me to Alaska, then to a small 5-seater into Canada through stormy weather, then got me to another jumbo jet to Australia. I nearly missed each leg of the trip.