How dreams can guide us

Schalk Neethling
3 min readFeb 4, 2023
Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash

A couple of nights ago, I had a dream that, when thinking about it, definitely had a very clear message. I have had dreams like this before, but this one was so clear I have to share it. I even sent myself a voice note when I woke up, so I did not forget.

The dream

To preface the dream, it is important to know that I have never seen snowfall in real life. I have seen a bit of snow on the ground, but that is the extent of it.

The dream starts with me walking on what seems to be ski slopes. I have no idea where this was, but it is beautiful. So many emotions are running through me as I see snowfall for the first time. I kneel down and pick it up to feel what it feels like. While caught in this new world, I noticed many people leaving the slopes. I ask someone what is going on, and they say that a storm is coming and we need to get to shelter.

As I walk towards our cabin, I pass some people whom I tell that a storm is coming. They do not care too much, which baffles me. I looked up and noticed these massive clouds above. It was beautiful, but the striking thing was how fast they moved. I have seen clouds move across the sky at fast speeds, but nothing like this.

The next moment I am engulfed in the storm. All of a sudden, it was all around me. I can hardly see, but I keep walking, not knowing whether I am even going in the right direction. After some time of fighting through the storm, it starts to calm down, and I can see the cabin a little way in front of me. Thankfully I was going in the right direction.

I return to the cabin, walk inside, and tell my family about what happened. They are grateful that I am back safely, and the storm picks up again just then. We all sit back, staring out of the window, and marvel at the beauty of it all.

The dream skips ahead at this point. Not sure if it was later on the same day or the next day, but the storm had completely subsided, and the sun was starting to come out. We all rush out of the cabin and start playing in the snow.


If you knew where I am in my life and what I am wondering about and struggling with, you would understand why this dream seemed so symbolic. The dream suggests that I am on the right path and that there is sunshine after the storm. It also suggests that I should not be scared of the storms. The storms represent the uncertainty, fear, and imposter syndrome I often feel. Fear of the unknown, the fear of trying something new, not knowing whether it will work out.

We will be okay if we stay the course and believe in our ability to overcome whatever life throws at us. Heck, we might even enjoy the journey, storms and all.



Schalk Neethling

I write about mental health, addiction, sober living, living your best life through an active lifestyle and a whole food plant-based diet. Psychedelic curios :)