I know the "drag something down/along/through something" means: to pull something or someone along with difficulty, for example because they are heavy.1
But in the text below, the word "time" confuses me:
What I needed was to be dragged through time.
I am wondering whether it means "I needed to be pulled along with difficulty through time" or something else.
The fuller text is:
I shimmied the length of a purlin, which took me to the framing beam at the barn’s edge. This was more dangerous in one sense—if I fell to the right, there would be no purlins to catch me—but the framing beam was thicker, and I could walk it like a tightrope.
That was how Dad and Shawn became comrades, even if they only agreed on one thing: that my brush with education had made me uppity, and that what I needed was to be dragged through time. Fixed, anchored to a former version of myself.