We are often surrounded by parasitic people who want us to live their dream.
You can learn a lot from dreaming. Last night the dreaming theme was those type of relationships I dislike with people. One dreaming episode had someone insisting I do a deep-sea dive to repair an oil rig. I have limited experience of diving, especially when it comes to deep, cold, dark and dangerous places like the North Sea, so I was looking for a way out of doing this dive. I protested I had no experience of diving, but the person insisted I do the dive.
Often in life we will encounter those who demand of us activity that is against our best interests. We feel under pressure to please those people by undertaking those tasks, where we gain nothing from but distress and strife. The people who ask us to undertake tasks we are unsuited to often care nothing about our well-being, or the consequences, or about us. If we was expecting the other person to acknowledge our “being” in some manner after the task is done, we will often be disappointed.
The person in the dream was a former associate of mine in real life, who had wanted me to live their dream free against my self interests, and was a critical negative personality. Such people are best eliminated, or kept at a distance.
Until we take back control of our lives from the mentality of trying to please others, we will never be totally empowered. Learning to say “no” is a good habit to have.