Doing a particular activity or task can represent:
- That actual activity in your life, usually something you've done recently or is on your mind for some reason
- A completely different activity, but with a similar characteristic—for example, dreaming that someone steals your keys can represent losing your self-identity or someone "crossing your boundaries"
- Your feelings during that activity in real life recently
- A fear or hope of something similar happening in real life, or your subconscious mind exploring what it would be like