As Dimi suggested, I took out my good old "book of dreams" and started to look for an explenation of my dream. Even with this book, a dream can be interpreted in quite a few ways...
Clouds : the clouds darken the sky of our success. Especially thunderclouds announce setbacks that are capable of destroying things. Other clouds, on the contrary announce positive things and happiness. (also see lightning, thunderstorm and heaven/sky)
Since my dream had no thunderstorms or lightning, I decided to go for heaven/sky.
Heaven : The mythological reign of the gods symbolises big and creative ideas, a heavenly feeling while awake. If the sky is blue and clear, fortune awaits the dreamer. If the sky is clouded, this shows a depression in real life, which could be caused by a lack of success. A clear sky full of stars equals money and profits.
In this case, the sky was clouded, although not with thunderclouds. So my guess would be that even though I'm depressed, happiness and good things await me?
Wallet : remember the wallet? This is its meaning. A wallet symbolizes the psychological values as described under "Money". An empty wallet, vault or safe symbolizes the loss of feelings but also a lack of mental strength.
In my dream, the wallet was still full, but it wasn't mine. It was my dads. Let's look deeper into Money though.
Money : Bills or coins symbolize mental energy. Those who find money in a dream will gain mental energy, as if they are recharged. Those who lose money, will probably lose a special ability or regret certain emotional impulses. Money symbolizes psychic values like potence or impotence, profit or loss, poverty or richness. It's important to know the origin of the money, where it is received or lost, as well as the colors and numbers on the bills/coins. Some analysts believe that coins - golden coins in particular - would be signs of great achievements in love and life, while silver coins are the same for women. For women, the image of money in a dream would almost always have a sexual meaning to it.
Since the wallet nor the money was mine, I think it would be safe to leave that direction. Maybe the dream just told me that others are doing fine? Let's take a look at "Motel/Hotel".
Hotel : a stay in a hotel is a station in a certain way a substation in our path of life. A hotelroom therefore is a somewhat dubious, unpersonal space where we stay. Other guests are shadows of ourselves. Something in our deeper self seems to be travelling in a subconcious way. Keep an eye open for the names of hotels (they are often names of animals), because they might help you connect the journey of ourselves with the situation.
I didn't see a name of the hotel, nor do I think the other guests were shadows of myself. I know who they were : family (and possibly friends). Let's take a closer look at "dad" first.
Dad : This is a very longer entry, so I'll be summarizing it. It's the representation of the rational and traditional, symbol of the functionality of the active concious and mental strength. A dad appearing in a dream usually enlightens us with the facts of life in relation to the mind.
Well, my dad has always been and still is the voice of reason. He looks for an explenation and a rational one perferably. That would also be in line with him explaining to me how clouds "work". My idea? He's around to help me if needed. Next on the list is "birds".
Birds : are a creature of the air, mentally and psychologically explainable as the things that keep us busy in daily life. A bird can symbolize the soul, but certain specific species - like the owl - also hidden wisdom, or the raven that equals darkness and unhappiness. If birds are helplessly moving around in a room, this symbolizes a somewhat confused state of mind that one wants to escape. If birds fly free and without hinder through the sky, this suggests a free mind and troublefree soul. It's very hard to pinpoint the exact species of birds in a dream, and each one of them has their own meaning.
This entry was the most interesting so far, and also what I remember best. Those two coulds/birds were trapped in a room, and I set them free. The question is : do they symbolize my own mind and ideas or do I help someone else becoming free and without trouble? After having read the entry, I think I've set free myself, hence the relief, collapsing and crying afterwards. Let's take a look at "Crying".
Crying : In most cases these are tears of joy, that can bring light into the daily life. Only when one cries in a dream without a direct cause, this can symbolize sorrow and pain in an awakened state. Those who cry over a dead person, will heal, when he feels ill. He'll be able to risk a new beginning because the worst is gone.
Oh, those were definitely tears of joy, and it was a very emotional outburst too. One of the birds helped me take of a bandage from my wrist, so let's see what "wounds/bandage" means.
Bandage : the bandage that he get in a dream symbolizes a state of hurt while awake, maybe caused by an insult, but it also can symbolize ones own wrong attitude towards other people. Also check "Wound".
Wound : a wound in a dream doesn't hurt but means our soul has been confused, that we should alter our rythm of life in order to rise above psychological misery.
Wow... this makes sense, doesn't it? The last - but not least - element to look up is "Family".
Family : Dreams about the own family can usually be interpreted as positive, unless one has an argument with the family in the dream. Members of the family often equal good or bad tempered people in real life.
Wow... what an analysis! All these things confirm in a way what I felt during and after the dream : a sense of positive energy, a release of what has been holding me back and limiting. Maybe even a new start with the support and knowledge that others are there to lend a hand when needed.
I could have dreamt about naked cheerleaders and lots of sex, but honestly : I'm much more pleased with this dream. Bright birds flying away, nothing can beat that!