The meaning of Bird Poop

I haven’t been sleeping particularly well lately, likely due to the stress of everything in my life in upheaval (again or still, I’m not sure which). It’s a choice though, so I really do try not to stress over it too much, rather I’m just trying to focus and get it done one step at a time.

I’ve been staying up too late, sleeping in too late, napping in the afternoons or evenings … all a vicious circle that ends up with me staying up too late and starting the cycle over again. The good news is, I DO sleep which I think is better than insomnia which would drive me completely insane!

So, over the weekend during one of my sleep-in mornings, I woke up and could actually remember a dream that I had. It doesn’t happen very often, but occasionally it does. Let me paint the scene for you (of the bits I can remember).

I was driving around in a four door red car, probably speeding … I seemed to be in a bit of a hurry. I was heading to someone’s house to check on it. Whose house and what I was checking for, I have no idea. When I got to the house I didn’t drive in the driveway like a normal person, I drove through the neighbours driveway, around the back of the house on the grass and then parked in the driveway. The house was white with paint a bit tattered. I got out of the car and headed to the main door (on the side by the driveway). The door was to my right and to the left, along the driveway was a fairly large hedge. It was nearly perfectly manicured and just about my height (5’5″). In between the house and the hedge was a patch of grass and there were about 20 hens huddled around. Yes folks, hens. I never said my dream wasn’t weird! As I stop and look at the hens I remember noticing how beautiful the golden hour (near sunset) sun light was on them making their brownish red feathers shine rich with colour. Then, I felt bird’s feet on my head. A bird (not a hen) had stepped off the hedge and on to my head. I was startled, but completely calm.

And then … you guessed it …
He opened up and let it ALL go. Not just one little plop of a poop! I think he had been saving up for days (or had eaten something he wasn’t supposed to).

I was covered in shit. Still calm (and smelly), I walked to the door of the house with the bird on my head. When I got to the door, he stepped off my head and on to a beam near the door. I didn’t look up at him. I unlocked the door to the house that I was checking on and stepped into the house.

And that, is all I remember.

Now, I have had the unfortunate incident of being pooped on by a real bird before. Luckily it was one little plop and it hit my shorts, not my head. But I’ve never dreamed about being pooped on.

So, after two days of still being able to remember the dream so vividly, I decided to look up the meaning. I mean surely other people had been pooped on by birds in their dreams before, right?

HA HA HA this makes me laugh because it really is so ridiculous. However, it’s true. There is meaning behind this dream. And, what it means was so incredibly pertinent to my current life situation that I was floored and felt I needed to share it.

The below explanation is directly from http://www.gotohoroscope.com/txt/dream-dictionary-bird-poop.html

“To see birds at all in your dream symbolizes your goals and aspirations in life. Because birds have wings, we associate great things with them. We see them high in the sky and think that one day we would like to be up there too, or at least high on the scale of life. Because birds represent all of the different directions in life that we hope to go to, it is understandable that bird poop represents a certain taunting of that goal. When you really want to get to a certain area in life, it can often seem as if it is taunting you. You keep getting closer, but are never quite able to grasp it. In other words, dreaming of bird poop suggests that you feel you are just out of reach of some of the opportunities that will eventually lead you to where you ultimately want to go in life.

Sometimes to dream of bird poop suggests all of the trials and tribulations you will have to go through in order to achieve your goals. You are trying to reach all of these complex and large goals, but you are unable to because of certain things that keep cropping up and getting in your way. A good example of this might be a promotion you are trying to achieve by impressing your boss and working hard hours. However, you have family obligations that prevent you from being able to do all of the work necessary to achieve your promotion. In this case all of those other responsibilities that you have preventing you from achieving your goals are represented by the bird poop. Do you have a lot of different responsibilities that keep you from achieving your goals? Then this may be why you are dreaming of bird poop.

Another reason you could possibly be dreaming of bird poop is because you feel as if small annoyances in your life are taking away from you overall enjoyment of other things in life. There is nothing more annoying than birds pooping right on your windshield when you are driving down the road. And even though it does not stop you from being able to drive, it is still very annoying. And you may find it hard to really get the bird poop off of your mind until you get it cleaned. You are in the middle of striving for a larger goal but small annoyances keep cropping up and stopping you from being able to enjoy what you are doing. This is a very possible interpretation of bird poop as a dream symbol. A final reason that people dream of bird poop may have something to do with the whiteness of the poop. It symbolizes all of the bad that is contained within the good in your life. With all good there is a little bit of bad to go along with it.”

Interesting isn’t it?
Now, let’s just hope it doesn’t happen in real life. I don’t look forward to the clean up!

The Unplan – OMG What have I done?

OMG What have I done?

I’ve been planning the steps to get debt free officially for four months and unofficially tossing around the idea for 8 months to a year.

Here I am less than three weeks away from my debt-free plan coming to fruition and I think I’m losing my mind.

OMG – less than three weeks!!!!

Luckily, I think it is a normal freak out. If you were all of a sudden about to have no commitments, no debts … wouldn’t you freak out a little too?

I don’t have kids, but I liken this to being a mom or dad who has been planning for a couple of months for the grandparents to take the kids for a week … then that week approaches and panic sets in. ‘OMG what do I do without my kids?’

Well … that’s kind of the feeling I have right now … I am excited for financial freedom. Being debt free is something not too many people can lay claim to. However, I’m doing so by choice. I am excited to be able to design my life and choose where I want to go next. On the other hand, having no fixed address and an overwhelming number of options for what to do with my life leaves me sometimes nearly paralyzed with fear. I’ve learned when there are too many thoughts in my brain, a few things happen …

1. I get frustrated which can lead to me crying (yes, I’m a girl. And yes, I cry out of frustration – deal with it! I’ve learned to accept it)
2. I get sleepy (apparently if your brain is in overdrive, you use a lot of energy!)

My mind is racing with all of the things I have to do in order to move (purging & selling items, changing address, finding a post office box and a storage unit, physically moving, packing & unpacking, changing insurance policies, disconnecting power / internet etc). All the while, continuing to keep my photography and travel businesses running so that I can make money to live. After all, being debt free doesn’t mean being rich or having no bills. It simply means I will have no debts hanging over my head. It means living more simply with a goal in mind to keep me on track.

And, now that being debt free is within reach (week! I can’t believe I’m saying that!) I’ve started day dreaming about the possibilities for what my fall travel will look like. Of course, this is the fun part, but it can be totally overwhelming too.

Pssst … I’m not sure if you know this, but there is a whole world out there waiting for you to discover it!

Trying to decide where to start, what to see and what to leave out is kind of a big deal for me. And, trying to balance that with the fact that I do not want to be constantly on the move. I want to settle down for a few weeks in a couple of yet to be determined places so that I can really get a feel for that area, as well as being able to continue working as a travel agent remotely.

I know for the many of you out there who are living vicariously through me and those who are incredibly excited for this journey of mine, you read all of this and say ‘you go girl’ and ‘that’s so exciting’. You are right. All of this is very exciting, but please don’t forget that it is also incredibly overwhelming. At this point I go through daily moments where I think ‘OMG what have I done?’ Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t take any of it back, and in fact, if I wanted to, I could kibosh the entire traveling plan, but I’m not. The ‘what have I done?’ is just me being overwhelmed with all that I’ve accomplished and all the lies ahead of me. Not in a bad way, just in a way that most people don’t understand because they’ve never set a plan in place to get debt free and travel.

Sure, I am by far not the first person to do this! But, I bet for most of you I’m the first person you know who is doing this! And quite honestly, it often happens before starting your life and career or after your kids graduate and you retire. Of the small percentage of the people in the world who sell everything and go travel, I’m the even smaller percent who is doing it in the middle of my career, before I have children and long before I retire.

Brave? Yes.
Stupid? hmmm … I sure hope not.
Will I regret it? Not a chance.