I had a dream about you the other night.
You weren’t in it, but it was about you.
They say a dream about losing teeth is about the dreamer feeling powerless, but in my dream, I yanked out my own tooth. It hurt as I pulled it, and I was sure it was going to leave a bloody, gaping hole in my jaw, but it only left a gap between teeth. Anyway, it ended up being a misunderstanding: I hadn’t needed to pull the tooth, but, of course, by the time I realized that, it was too late. There I was, an unattractive gap in my teeth.
Yes, I can see how lost teeth would symbolize a sense of powerlessness and vulnerability.
Why am I feeling powerless and vulnerable?
When you’re around, I don’t even try to hold on to my power. I tear and throw it away, leaving myself defenseless, and you with dozens of new ways to hurt me if that’s what you decided to do.
Problem is, I don’t know what you’ll decide.
It’s not like I can decide for you. (I wouldn’t even if I could.)
Problem is, this isn’t pretty – me, asking for what I want. It isn’t pretty – me, showing all my cards.
It’s not like I have anything significant to lose.
So maybe I’m feeling powerless and vulnerable, but I’m not.