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My own childhood is rarely a factor in my dreams, but every once in a while I will find myself back in high school or college. I assume that I am of that age in the dreams. My old friends who appear in these dreams appear as their younger selves.
These dreams seem natural and appropriate. Since in my younger self I am essentially of adult or near adult age, I feel of the same mindset of my current age. At times the experience may be one of those cases of being younger but knowing everything that I know now. I do almost always feel far more confident in those dreams that I might have felt when I was actually that age.
Most of the time the dreams in these age settings take place in school or a school related scenario. In some cases I come across as the hero of the dream or a person of notable influence. Even in dreams where there may be an aura of something bad threatening my circumstance, I seem to almost always come up with a solution or deflect whatever threat might be present.
The dreams are almost always positive and have a comfortable feeling to them. After most of these dreams I awaken feeling confident, but perhaps with a wistful longing for my younger days.
My interpretation is that these dreams are memory filters. My mind is revisiting past times to reevaluate and perhaps even make things right for my memory of those days. The dreams may be a reassurance to me that I currently am in control of most things in my life and I know how to find the solutions to any problems I might be having.
Do you dream of younger days? What are the most common things in your past that you dream about? Do you wish you could go back in real life to visit times in your past?