But a key part of one dream was a repeat, a very specific one: I was back in the office of my job at the construction company I'd worked at from 2009 to 2011, and I came back to do two things: 1) get something (my waking self couldn't tell you what) and 2) avoid being seen by my old boss.
(Later I left the office, knowing I'd need to come back because I'd left a bag lunch in an office fridge.)
I've had this dream before. More than once. Based on a job I lost six years ago. I've had longer jobs. I've had other jobs which were frustrating: for reasons related to That Boss, it was sometimes hard to do my job well. I'll brag on myself: I still, mostly, did that job well. But I don't list this boss as a reference for other jobs. I think he'd give an unhelpful one.
I'm no longer in touch with anyone who still works there, though in this dream I ran into people who were sympathetic to me and whatever I was doing. To those people, thank you. But I'd like to have dreams about something else.