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Old 09-03-2019, 6:04pm   #1
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or even anyone who had spent a few decades in the same occupation.

Do you dream about work? I spent most of my working life running printing presses, and really loved the work. Artistic to some degree, but I also loved interacting with machines. But like any job, there are bad days at work.

I haven't been in a print shop for over ten years, and as time goes on I am dreaming about printing more and more. Trouble is, these dreams are about very bad days in the print shop. Not fun.

Does this happen to anyone else?

I had a college professor who said when you dream about your job, it's time for a new job, but I can't do that because I'm retired.
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I have been retired since 12/21/18 and as of yet I haven't dreamed about the job I had as a quality engineer. Now after a few years who knows.
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I retired in October 2017 and occasionally have dreams that are work related.
When I wake up I just think thank God it was just a dream
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I have had work dreams and I miss working
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I retired in October 2017 and occasionally have dreams that are work related.
When I wake up I just think thank God it was just a dream
Yeah, that's how I feel.
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I retired December 19th 2014. I have not dreamed of work once since then.
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I've been retired for 7 years. For the first few years, I often had dreams that I was back at work. While there, I would realize that I could leave at any time I wanted, since I had already retired. The whole thing made no sense to me. All good dreams though, since I enjoyed my work & everyone I worked with.

I've asked a few more recently retired friends if they've had such dreams; none have.
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I'm dreaming of retirement. I'm actually going to retire in the last week of February 2020 after 33+ years at the same company. I'm not planning on taking SS just yet, as I plan to live off of my 401k for a while.
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I retired 12 years ago and yes, I do have dreams about work. Not nice ones
either. Work was a troubleshooting and tech support slot with lots of pressure.
All the elements of the dreams would put me back in the same buildings and in
an impossible task or series of tasks and not all related to the job.
Kind of ongoing latent stress recurrences.
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I retard from .mil 13 yr ago, and retard from my follow-on employment last year. I never dream of work. Even with 30 years in .mil, I canít recall a single episode. I miss neither, BTW. Iím the happiest Iíve ever been in my life.
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I've been retired for 7 years. For the first few years, I often had dreams that I was back at work. While there, I would realize that I could leave at any time I wanted, since I had already retired. The whole thing made no sense to me. All good dreams though, since I enjoyed my work & everyone I worked with.

I've asked a few more recently retired friends if they've had such dreams; none have.
I retired in October 2014 and would dream of work a lot for quite a while. Very similar to yours about knowing I was retired. Some were about knowing I wasn't supposed to be there, and not having my badge. Others were about working as a contractor as some of the retired guys actually did. Mostly to train the new hires. And what is funny about all this coming up today is the fact that I had a dream about work last night where I was running my old machine again, but the new guys had it all messed up!
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Been happily retired since 2003. Took early retirement at 55 and sure as shit do not have work dreams.

Was a pipefitter and do not miss that work at all, what I do miss is some of the people I worked with over the years. I was union and worked out of a hiring hall so among other things I worked with a lot of people on our 800 person available list! Some only once others for years, luck of the draw!
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Retired 7 years an on occasion had work related dreams . As time go on they lessen but had one a month ago. The dreams aren't pleasant but are about bad work issues.

article below

What's Behind Your Recurring Dreams? | Psychology Today

"In general, recurring dreams indicate the presence of an unresolved and persistent conflict in an individual's life, and the theme or Central Image of the dream provides a stage for this conflict to play out. The cessation of a recurrent dream may indicate that the conflict has been successfully resolved."

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/b...curring-dreams
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Dream about work? Oh hell no............

Retired the last day of '09, haven't looked back. After 42 years of local, military, and federal service of having to deal with people of all walks of life, the good, the bad, the ugly, and my share of dealing with the dregs of society, there must be a switch in my brain that comes on to not allow any of that thinking.

I have on occasion, when I see or hear something, that will trigger a past incident that I was involved in, I will dwell on it for a second or two, but not in a dream, usually wide awake.

Don't have nightmares either, my dreams usually involve sex, good food, what am I going to do the next day.
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I will retire on 12 February next year, and that is the only work related thing I dream about.

Except maybe the booth babes at some of the trade shows I have attended.
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Not retired....dream about my job ALL THE TIME. Usually I come up with the solutions in my dreams to the things that I am working on daily.

My problem is I am always thinking about how to make systems work better.
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I sold my business and retired 10 years ago. To this day, I have vivid dreams several times a year about life in the 'hood.
I don't miss it at all.
But.....*Retire* doesn't mean *Quit working*.
I'm a full time knifemaker when I want to be.
I've grown several gardens and taught myself to can.
I'll brew beerz and make Mead when I feel like it.
I bought some rental properties, and work around the house.
I'll never quit working.

I sold our cabin, and we're currently building our final house, while getting this house ready to market, but all that's for a future thread......

Happily, I stay busy.
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I have work dreams at LEAST once a week ... been retired 8 years. I usually mesh the work dreams with something else - recently I have been in a lab but the location is in my old jr. high school. Weird ....

I have had quite a few where I announce retirement - take my pension - but don't leave yet - like I still have something to finish .... and then I realize I am basically working for free. Then I stop going in ... I have a variation of this one at least every 2 weeks.
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I had a dream I was doing construction like I did from '84 - '97. I was working and thought to myself "why I am doing this? I quit a long time ago." so I stopped working.
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I have lots of dreams about being either still in the Marines or that I was called back into active duty. I got out in 1991. All the guys I worked with are still the same age as they were the last time I saw them in my dreams. I usually wake up and thank God it was just a dream because Im too old and too fat to be on active duty now!
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