Why do I dream of being back in school?

I had a dream the night before last that prominently featured a school that I went to as a child.  Since one of the questions I am most frequently asked is “why do I dream of being back in school,” I thought I’d share a term from my upcoming dream dictionary with you.

High school

Universal Landscape:  Passage from adolescence to adulthood.

Dreaming Lens:  How do you feel about being back in this time period?  Are you experiencing anxiety or nostalgia for days gone by?  Are you experiencing yourself as noticed or invisible; stuck or safe?  Are you with present-day friends, or your high school circle?

Personal Focus:  The primary symbolic meaning for this image is deeply connected to your own personal experience of this period in your life.  In a general sense, high school is where most of us learned life lessons of responsibility, sexual identity as well as where we built the foundation for the directions we took as grownups.  However, the overall experience of this turbulent time varies from person to person and can range from fun and joyous to excruciatingly painful.  When you dream of high school in a dream, your unconscious is expressing emotional issues that have their root at this time in your history.

As a common dream, most people experience this related to performance anxiety.  High school represents the first time as individuals that most people are faced with a level of responsibility that is most like what we deal with in the adult world.  When our current lives spark insecurity about our readiness to face life’s tests, we may express unconscious fears by returning unprepared to this time and suffer the humiliation of being lost, not knowing the schedule, not being ready for an exam, or even finding ourselves naked.

The lessons faced in adolescence were, for some, accompanied by mistakes being cleared up for us by parents or other authority figures.  As such, this dream image could indicate an unconscious wish to have the burden of adult responsibilities magically disappear as if someone else could handle them for us.
If the dream is uncomfortable, look to present stressors that may feel burdensome in the same way you felt as a teenager.  The pressure to perform at certain levels is a major theme of the high school experience.  This may be revealing issues of performance anxiety in your current life.  Inherent in this image is the fear of facing the expectations that others may have of you.  Examine your current life for issues of this nature and you will be well on your way to an accurate interpretation.

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50 Responses to Why do I dream of being back in school?

  1. Lise Deguire October 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for this information! I frequently have dreams about being back in HS, and have always wondered why. Usually, I am about to take an exam for a class which I haven’t ever attended (chemistry, almost all the time). Sometimes I can’t remember my locker combination, etc.

    Thanks for your blog, Michael. It looks great!


  2. nikki March 23, 2011 at 5:38 am #

    I keep dreaming that I’m back in high school its like in the dream i kno i already graduated but I’m still there, i see old friends and pple i don’t know in my real life, sometimes I’m in a hallway with a bunch of pple looking for familiar face, sometimes i see them. I also find myself in classrooms with old middle school teachers but idk if i belong in their classrooms or in the hallway being late looking for my class and at times i would ser my ex :-) i lived in ny and went to high school there but i moved to miami, could that be a connection? But ive had this dreams a bounch of times these past 2 ywars, someone plz help, oh yeah i just recently got engaged too if that helps, thanks, and im not in college but i am looking for the right one to enroll to

  3. mlennox March 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    School is the place where we are first faced with a sense of responsibility; so we often dream of being back in school when those sorts of issues come up in our lives. Certainly getting engaged and looking into college would be life events that would certainly put you face to face with your sense of having to be responsible for your life unfolding. This dream is probably helping you deal with the stress related to those events.

  4. Fox August 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    So, I’m there at high school on the first day, and my cat and my little brother are with me. I come and go from classes as I please. At lunch time I see a kid I don’t recognize but I start wrestling him, and he starts fighting seriously but I hold him down. He says he has to pee but I won’t let him go and he pees in his shorts. I start laughing and telling everyone he peed his pants. Then I notice that I’m laughing so hard I’m peeing too, but it’s not pee its.. um.. yah.. and it’s coming out (no pun intended) like a stream and starting to go down my leg to my shoes. so I start to run home. I’m wearing grey urban camo shorts so it helps hide the wet spot. A kid with long blonde hair tries to stop me and talk but I tell him I gotta go. He says, okay, but come back. I go un-noticed as I head to the tennis courts trying to escape the property. I go through the indoor basketball court when the bell rings and lunch is over. The Gym coach is there and tells me to get to class,. I convince him to let me run out for just a minute. Once I reach the tennis courts there’s a snake biting at me, a cobra, but it has no venom. I grab my cat and put her on my shoulders, kick the snake and carry on. Then I realize my shorts are dry, but stained. Concerned about missing more class I suddenly think to myself, didn’t I already graduate? Then I think it’s fun to come and go as I please from classes because I don’t have to show up because I already finished school. Since the stain isn’t that bad and my pants are dried out I’m trying to decide if I want to go home or back to class and BEEP BEEP BEEP, I wake up.. WTF is up with this vivid dream. I did actually cum in my pants once in class and thought I was peeing them uncontrollably. Only to find out that my dick does more than just pee. Weird dream.

  5. mlennox August 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    This is way too much to comment on here – but feel free to call into my radio show on Mondays from 12:00-1:00pm PDT on Unity Online Radio. You can tune in at http://www.unity.fm and the number to call is 888/558-6489. If you are out of the United States, send an email to engineer@unity.fm and give Jeff your phone number and he will call you. Anyone reading this post can feel free to call in and share a dream with me. It’s a perfect way to work with me absolutely FREE!!

  6. John Ciampini April 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Great. I now know why I keep dreaming of being dumb in school.why I can’t find my classrooms. I can’t even read my schedule. I am missing all kinds of classes and know I am going to fail these classes. I feel real stupid. I can’t grasp what teachers are saying. I am overwhelmed.
    I feel like I didn’t graduate yet

  7. Brian April 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Have had roughly this same dream now and then for over 10 years…
    I am going back to high school, in my 30’s (I am aware of my age in the dream)
    Everyone there is high school age, nobody I know, all kids/etc..
    I’m generally the popular guy, everyone likes me, the girls have crushes on me (in my dream I am always aware of my age and that I am married and have no interest in them that way but it still boosts me ego)
    I’m usually late to class and concerned that I haven’t even attended some of the classes yet (the school year is already in progress) I’m usually trying to make sense of how I can work 50 hours a week and attend school, but I want to go to school so I ditch work
    My stab at an interpretation…
    a little guilt/regret for never finishing high school (stopped attending around 10th grade)
    mixed with myself telling me I need to move on with adulthood/life (based on me being fully aware I am an adult in the dreams but still wanting to drop my adult responsibilities and go back to high school)
    Am I close?

  8. Stupid Girl and the Train Wreck April 28, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    I dream I’m back in school all of the time. Its very irritating because I hated school and now that I’m an adult I consider a lot of it a major waste of time. The other night I dreamed I was still a senior in high school and had been for 20 years. For some reason something always happened and I never finished. I suddenly realized what an utter waste of time it had been since I now have a very successful business that has nothing to do with anything I learned in high school and told everyone I was quitting. Everyone tried to talk me out of it so I let loose a stream of profanity (in a Christian School) on them, walked out of class, and drove away in my new Mercedes :). I have dreams like this all of the time. I hate it.

  9. mlennox April 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Brian, I think you are indeed close. Feelings of inadequacy are often reflected in how we think other people are perceiving us. In this case, you are experiencing yourself as popular and well liked which indicates an absence of judgment for the education you have. I think you are onto something about the dream indicating that you need to move on with adult life, but also consider this: There is an integration taking place in that you are attempting to figure out how to balance all the things you desire and you choose education of work; this to me is about priorities that can (ultimately) lead to balance.

  10. mlennox April 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    You can release the hold that these dreams have on you by spending a little waking time working on the dream. You must do this in a creative way – draw a picture of the classroom you visit, maybe even putting a picture of yourself letting loose the profanity (it can be a stick figure, it doesn’t have to be fine art!). By using your creative mind to respond to the dream, your unconscious will get that you are paying attention and may start using other images to communicate with you.

  11. Cletus LaGrange April 30, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    This dream has been going on for years. I’m always the same age as I am now, mid-30s at the moment, usually wondering what I’m doing there and trying to figure a way to get out without getting “in trouble”. Then realizing my age again and knowing that I can leave anytime I want. Sometimes I’m worried though, if I skip a day, that could be one day closer to failure. But, I still feel anxious and the need to leave. Sometimes I’ve moved a lot of my possessions into a classroom, almost as if I live there, and I’m worried about making sure I take it all with me. Actually, that part is reoccurring in many other dreams, too. All of my stuff is in a place and I need to leave fast. Sometimes I make a break for it and I can’t find the car I had in high school in the parking lot, even though I remember driving and parking it that morning…in the dream. So many more layers to this dream. I’m actually tired of it. It ruins my sleep even though during my waking moments I’m in a comfortable place. All through elementary school my teachers thought I was possibly, slightly, just a little mentally challenged until the testing results came in. I blew the other kids out of the water. They didn’t know what to do with me. I left right before the end of my senior year. I hated that place. I’m in a region that is more anti-intellectual than not. Ignorance seems to be encouraged and rewarded sometimes. Bible Belt nonsense. I had my few friends and the rest I didn’t care for. That goes for most of the teachers, too. I have no regrets just not going back. I even went to the graduation to celebrate with my friends and went on one of the best road trips of my life the next day. I got my GED soon after, above average in all subjects except math, which was average. My 20s were a little rough because of all the partying I did. Fun/not fun. I’m over it now. I went to college until I realized the student loans weren’t worth going anymore. I make decent money and live comfortably. I have good family and friends around me. I don’t know what this is. It’s even lucid sometimes and I can’t force myself get up to stop the dream. I’m just still there half awake, ambling around and worrying about getting out of there. I just wish it would stop. Maybe there really is something going on subconsciously that I just can’t pinpoint.

    I don’t expect any real response to this. I was just sharing my version of this annoying dream.

  12. James July 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I constantly have dreams where I enroll back into high school at my current age (30’s). I feel extremely awkward, friendless and out of place. I have trouble finding my classrooms and always late to class and have difficulty keeping up with the work. But there is a small part of me withing the dream that wants to be there even though it’s a very different high school experience then my real one. What does this mean?

  13. Sean July 19, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Thank you for this explanation, Dr. Lennox. I have had this dream over the last 20 years, but stronger in recent years. Your explanation helps me see that this may be connected to my difficulty deciding what to do with my career and possibly going back to college. I usually wake from this dream feeling stressed (high school was a turbulent time for me). The theme of the dream is usually me feeling overwhelmed, lost and alone while everyone else seems to know where they are going and not alarmed by the setting we are in.

  14. Allistair August 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    My back to high school dreams usually involve the social aspect of life, i dream of being back in school with all the things i learned about myself, and with a cleansed state of mind, back in high school i was kinda quiet, no i really didn’t even bother to speak to anyone, i also seemed to have slacked off in school work, depression and anxiety kinda got the best of me.
    Now in the dreams(yes plural) the dream is kind of a great experience because i do things the way i would if i could’ve gone back in time as i am today, kind of like wishful thinking, a subconscious yearning to resolved all my unresolved high school, and even middle school, issues, thanks for the read, it’s always great to know there are people who have mutual experiences.

  15. Beck September 9, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    I used to have the recurring dream of my teeth falling out a few years ago. Now, that particular dream seems to have been replaced with the recurring dream of being back in high school, struggling to pass a test, or a class or classes in order to graduate. However, in the dream, I’m always aware that in reality I have already graduated college and graduate school with two Bachelors and a Masters degree, which I have. Currently, I’m 35, single with no children, and my job is nowhere remotely close to the field I pursued in college. Could this dream be linked to a subconscious insecurity about my professional and personal accomplishments or lack thereof?

  16. MDJ October 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    I dream about HS a lot and I never know its a dream until I wake up. In my dreams, I’m always failing math and don’t remember my locker combination. lol

  17. michelle allen December 29, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Hi, this was my first time dreaming of being back in hs, each dream I have I try to find meaning of. Anyway, I dreamed of being a Sr. In hs with past and present friends. Even though I couldn’t find my class, locker or math book, I was having a good time seeing everyone. Being there with everyone was nice and I was even engaged to my fiance, who I didn’t know in hs. I was happy wanteing to show my ring, but it’s being sized(in reality it is, so can’t show it to anyone). Thanks in advance for your interpretation.

  18. icp February 18, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    last night i had a dream about being in math class, then had sex with a hot teacher then had to waltk though a strange version of my town infested by nice cops who bought me Gatorade and mean cops that sent me to jail for no damn reason wired as hell had other dreams that are simmiler.

  19. Amy February 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm #


    Within the past couple years I have had reaccuring dreams that I’m back in HS. They are not all the same, but just about. I don’t see people that I know and I’m not at schools that I was in real life. I can never find my classes and I’m always late. The being late is all the same in every dream. In my dreams I claim that I am my real age and that I’m just coming back to get more education. Currently I’m in the military and am 24 yeras old. The dream from last night I claimed my age and that I was in the military and that I was sent here by the military to continue schoool. So weird. Was wondering if you could give me some answers as to why I have the same type of school dream every time.

  20. keisha February 25, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    last night i dreamt i was back in high school..all my previous class mates were there including some of primary school mates they were all sitting in a beat up class room..everyone was staring at me i felt so unwelcome.as i sat down my parents appeared i was so angry at them,i ran out and lost a sock and shoe,when i went back to get it my mum was still there crying i ignored her, i picked up my sock and noticed how dirty it was but my foot was clean..what does this mean

  21. adrianne April 9, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I have this dream im in high school alot. I dream im in a class and I dont know anyone in there, I think ive been in it before and try to recognize a familiar face but I dont, I ask if anyone remebers me but noone answers, I look in my bag for my schedule but its not there. I start panicking because I know its almost time for class to switch. I try and follow some of the other kids but usually loose them. Each time I have this dream the kids are usually different. Once and awhile someone will talk to me but not long. As much as I hated school it was probley one of the best times and years in my life so why am I always so lost and feel insecure in this dream?

  22. Oz July 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    i have this dream a lot, i see all my old friends collectively and when i wake i realise how pivotal such random characters in my life were but in a way i feel like i have never parted from them, it’s always the group of people i grew up with and had the time of my life with but i never see anymore its a very strange feeling but it always make me happy to have those dreams they feel like we are really catching up again and i wonder if i am in their dreams

  23. Terrica July 17, 2014 at 1:26 am #

    I’m 14 and I’m going to high school next year. I’ve been having high school related dreams 3-4 nights a week. In these dreams I’m looking for my schedule or my friends. I usually end up getting dissed by one of my friends and welcomed by another. Or I find my class room… I really don’t know what to think. During the summer I usually chill at home and disconnect from any type of social media. Just me time. But I don’t know I think I might me afraid that when I get back my friends won’t want yo be my friends any more… Or worse I might not be able to find my classes! I’ve never been the time to be super nervous about school. It doesn’t feel different but maybe it is..Its high sschool after all! When I first got to seventh grade I remember being super friendly and open and embracing to my new school.. And just like that the school let me in! Let me embrace it even though I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t have any friends! …. I think I’m afraid this high school will be so totally different but I don’t know honestly!

  24. mlennox July 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Shifting to high school is a big transition and can be scary. Dreams help us with our fears by processing what we’re frightened of. These dreams are not predicting what your high school experience will be, but rather helping you deal with your underlying fears so that you can meet the experience of going to high school open, ready and excited. Good luck!!

  25. palvin July 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    I dnt attnd school bt I dreamed,passed wt high marks dn adas in de class

  26. Chaz July 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    I keep having this reoccurring dream of being lost in school. I also lost my schedule and I keep asking for a new one but I never get one. So I just walk around aimlessly worth no friends or teachers to ask, just a bunch of faceless students. I usually break down and wake up sweating. I was never popular in high school. I actually had an extremely negative image that people I’ve never even heard of hated me so I didn’t really have any friends and I still don’t. Not that I’m upset about it. I think it is just me being afraid to grow up. I really don’t want to work. I don’t want to be surrounded by strange people every day working a meaningless job just so I don’t get booted. Life sucks

  27. Tech August 4, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    When I read through people’s comments and relate to my own kind of dreams, the first thing that comes into mind is the unpleasant feelings of being stagnant. The awareness that one must have passed high school and be at college or perhaps working, shows that one is not where he is supposed to be due to possible life failures. A few years ago I had this kind of a dream where I leave work and go back to high school and it was a warning of bad choices I made that kept my life stagnant for a couple of years (four years).

  28. Gabriel August 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    I always dream that I’m goin to school like if I was a teen.. I’m always so anxious to go to school that I somehow can’t ever make it on time.. Something always stops me from leaving my house on time.. Most of the time when I finally make it to school I’m always looking for this one class but I can’t ever seem to find it.. I also always find myself running backwards because I can’t ever run forward.. I literally have this same dream almost everyday but it’s a little different every time.. I never had a problem getting to class on time or not being able to find my classes so I don’t understand why I always dream this.. I was an athlete in high school and really fast but why can’t I even run forward in my dreams? I also never got bullied or anything in high school I was popular as they say.. I do miss huh school tho

  29. Kyle August 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    I somehow end up in high school not knowing how I got there. Last night I was in a school I never been to and I went into “parenting” class. The teacher said I was in the wrong class so I freaked out for a second…then I just didn’t care. The desks were booths like at a resturant and I did not know anyone. I then had to pee and she directed me to the closet…in the closet it was more like a room and there was this blonde girl shaking her ass telling me the toilet was in the cabinet. I open the cabneit and this weird kid with glasses tells me to hold on. He exits and tells me to meet his friends…his friends were these 4 guys that looked exactly the same besides their clothes and names. These guys were really tall and weird…like the weird dude from the goonies. I kept I guess poking them cuz I thought they were not real or something I don’t know. I then go to my locker and can’t remember the com. I somehow find it out and then go home. I go to sleep and wake up and my mom tells me I am going to be late so I rush to school. I make a pit stop at someone’s house to play the original super Mario bros…I am in the game and I have to make it to the basement to arm a bomb then run out. I get to the door and there is really hot naked girl that wants to come in but I remember the bomb is about to go off…so I tell her and she doesn’t believe me and before the bomb goes off I wake up.

  30. Kimberly August 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    I have just woken up from yet another dream where I WISH I was back in high school. I am 23 now and a university graduate. Last night, in my dream, I was clearing out some stuff in my room when I came across old textbooks from high school classes – I got really upset and started. Tying, wishing I was back in high school. Do you ever get a physical feeling in a dream that you have recognised in real life before? I kept getting this overwhelming feeling of sadness and almost desperation to rewind back 6/7 years to be back in high school again (this feeling was in my dream, but it have felt that way before in real life when being upset about other things).
    Last week I had a dream where, although I already have a degree (and I was aware of this in the dream), I was at a college studying another subject when again I got this overwhelming sadness and stated crying because I wished I was back at high school instead.
    Similarly. I had a dream a few nights ago involving teachers and friends from high school, but we were outside of school, and it felt good to be with these people.
    I often wake up quite upset after these dreams, probably because I get so emotional in them, but I really want to know why I keep having them!

  31. Kira December 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Would you help interpret this similar dream? “I was back in high school, I needed some credits and I hAd to go to some gym class. (My least favorite subject) and I was in locker room getting changed and was late going into the gym. Random old high school people were in the dream. No one I truly hung out with but just friendly with. That day they had some basketball training sessions going on and picked teams. For some reason I was taking too slow to change in the lockerroom and my gym clothes (that I currently wear to workout in) wouldn’t go on me right? I walked in late to class and all the teams were picked and divided into groups. I didn’t have a team so I was walking around aimlessly asking to see if I can join a team but all the girls were all “jocky” and tall so I didn’t want to play with them because I knew I wouldn’t be good player and not know how to play. So I was walking around trying to figure out where to go so I wouldn’t be noticed! All the gym teachers were also “jocky” and I had to be there because I had to have the credit. Same dream- a bit ealrier was still in some school but was new to the school and had to go to lunch but I didn’t know anyone and was afraid of walking into cafeteria without a place to sit. what does that all mean?

  32. mlennox December 8, 2014 at 3:47 am #

    I am more than happy to interpret any dreams – you can find out more about that service on the home page.

  33. Lisa May 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    My dream isn’t so much about being back in school as it is not remembering my locker number, and then when I find my locker, not remembering the combination. I have also had similar dreams about being in a hotel and not remembering my room number…?

  34. Francis September 28, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    Hmm plz help me interpret this dream,I had a dream back in my j h s 5yrs ago which i was in class with some friends of mine since then I have completed my s h s and decided to continue to the tertiary buh I wasn’t able to complete,I just break up in my first year.
    Now am home searching for job and am still having that dream I don’t understand..

  35. Whit September 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    I am constantly having dreams of being back in school. As you mentioned one of my most recent dreams I was in school, I remember it was two weeks in, and I still did not know the time or place any of my classes were and I was about to be kicked out for not attending. The dream I had last night was that I was again, in school, I had my dog with me for some reason and it was the end of the day and I was rushing to get out and get to my car and then I realized I had forgotten my book bag, knowing I had very tough math homework to complete that night, I was frantically thinking about where I could have possibly left it because I recalled in my dream that I didn’t even go to my locker that day. All my dreams about high school seem to be connected to insecurity, and like you said responibility, or lack there of. I have these dreams regularly and I really wish they would stop. I know what struggles I’m facing in reality and I don’t need my mind to drag me back to a time that’s been done for so long, I just graduated college and I never dream about college, only high high school, weird. I wonder if their is some connection with high school that differs from college in my mind. College was the bigger struggle for me yet I dream about high school more often.

  36. Kat Kneisley October 7, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I keep having a dream that I am back in the private school I attended for my elementary grades. In my dreams I’m always very hostile towards the teachers and the principal, and I’m always trying to convince the other students that they should try to escape with me. The weird part is that I’m aware of my actual age and the other students are people that I know in my life now. Throughout the dream I do nothing but yell, rant, and try to escape which is weird because I am usually a very self contained person. I don’t know why that school keeps coming back to haunt me in my dreams but it needs to stop because it causes me to not rest properly.

  37. Shanu shah October 23, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    I see my school with my present university friends..
    I m at my college friends birthday party in my school.. I m happy n I suddenly bump into my ex.. Doing some work.. I hv no issue if he is around.. But is jus dat I acknowledge his preen spence den I go to my classroom with my present university friends.. They r teasing me with my ex.. Class is full but I m talking to 3 guys who r my present university friends.. I sit away from dem.. Den I go back to the party .. I eat cake.. Party gets over .. I m going back to my college.. But I can’t find the way to my college..

  38. dereck stewart October 26, 2015 at 4:47 am #

    I always have dreams I’m back in high school. It’s alot of different scenarios but one I have alot is zombies chasing me through the halls. I don’t have the same dream but different all the times about my highschool with zombies in it. I dream of me with celebrities all the time also

  39. nazz b October 26, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    I’ve not been to higher institution before but always dream of attending lectures in universities, at time college. What dose it mean please

  40. djmer November 7, 2015 at 3:14 am #

    Me too’ even though i’m in a midle of age now.but i still have this dream that i am studying back in highschool days’…. Which is quite annoying😊😊😊’but im okay with that. 4me i interpret this to LEARNED MORE things connecting to the world,

    thats all i can share

  41. rodger November 30, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    i wish u could say more,,i see a lot of sense n truth in ur comment,thanx anyway

  42. Rick December 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    I constantly dream of being a teenager in high school living in the same old neighbourhood , and I’ll dream of things that already happened or crazy things that always lead to some sort of drama , I also dream of celebrity’s partying with me A lot , and of course my mother (who passed) but it’s always in my old neighborhood and old high school I’m 42 now, it’s weird because my current girlfriend may sometimes be in my dreams altho I never new her during my highschool years , I’ll be young in my dreams 80% of the time , still as smart as I am now but in my younger body . I just don’t know why I keep going back to my old house

  43. Rich K. December 23, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    I have a recurring dream myself: I’m 42 in 2015. From the time I was 16-29, I used to love to shoot baskets, by myself, on INDOOR hoops. My friend worked in our church office for years, and could let me in, and when I was in my 20s, I would be in there all the time.

    Well, he’s long since moved on, and that wasn’t an option to me. Besides, working full time didn’t leave me anywhere near as much time or energy.

    Still, I don’t want to overspend for a health club with a gym, because I’d BARELY use it, or the weights, and it’s too costly, considering how much/little I’d use it.

    Yet, I kid you not, since I was in my early 30s, EVERY so many nights, I have this dream: I’m in a building, usually a school building, and it often feels like my OWN high school. I KNOW that there’s a gym, with basketball hoops, SOMEWHERE in the building. In these dreams, I’m running around and around, looking for the gym and basketball hoops. I guess, in these dreams, the assumption is that there are basketballs in there too.

    Oddly, I NEVER get TO the gym, nor do I ever SHOOT baskets in these dreams. I wake up before I get to that point.

    I don’t mean to ask the silly and obvious question, but could this be a huge sign that I’m “really really longing to shoot, by myself, in an INDOOR gym?”

  44. Rich K. December 23, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    @Rick: Holy cow, you’re also 42!!

    And, to the other readers, Rick and Rich K. (me) are two DIFFERENT posters, who just happen to be 42 in 2015!

  45. Scarlett Alexander December 25, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Old post, I know, but…I usually have the typical lost my homework, taking a test I didn’t know about anxiety dreams. Last night I ate ended school and recognized most people (but not the classroom which is weird). I dreamed a big group of us skipped the rest of the day, going to a friends’ house whose parents were not home. In reality I was a bit of an angel in high school. I never attended parties (I was never even invited). I wasn’t tormented. Everyone was pretty nice to me. They just knew I really didn’t get into mischief. However in this dream I was attempting to get all the boys’ attention. Nit as a whole but individually, with lots of over the top flirting (I would kiss the nape of their necks and would suggestively touch them). It was a fun dream, just not typical. I’m 37. High school is a faraway memory. Am I craving mischief in my life? (I would never do anything too drastic. I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart and we have three great kids.). My dreams are always very vivid and full of color, sometimes with complicated storylines.

  46. Candy January 3, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    I just had another high school dream, this time I was 42 (I’m 40 but am always told I look much younger) and I knew I had already graduated before so I’m trying to leave, but they won’t let me out of the classroom (the teacher and students) I help the students, I don’t recognize anyone, I even offered to let someone drive my new car (which I would never do in my life because I love it). After reading this, I realized that I do feel stuck. I have finished higg school, college and was even retired from the military (sometimes I am in my old uniform ) but because I am disabled and can’t work, I do feel stuck most of tge time. The treatment for the muscle disease I have is helping but I don’t know my limits now so there’s a lot of anxiety over what I’m able to do and if I’ll end up paying for doing too much. I have three kids, one about to graduate high school, and my husband is military and wanting to change career fields or retire. To say I’m stressed, anxious and ‘stuck’ is an understatement. Thank you for the explanation. …hopefully it’ll make these annoying dreams fade away.

  47. jenny guerra January 5, 2016 at 4:48 am #

    Its so strange.
    I have the same exact dreams, in the same way And they occur often.

    However, today it changed a little.
    This time i was back in junior high.
    Because i know i generally dream of high school, i spoke up!
    Angrily i asked an administrator to prove to me why i am “supposed” to be there, because i know i graduated already.
    She gladly was going to show me, and as i sat waiting, i realized i didnt want to know, so i forced myself to wake up.
    If you learn of anything. Please lmk.

  48. dozie January 20, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    i had a dream where i saw myself wearing a secondary school uniform, in the senior class, but i have graduated and served my country for the compulsory one yeae NYSC service programme….
    I don’t understand this For Godsake, does it means a setback to me or what ??

  49. Matthew S. January 25, 2016 at 1:41 am #

    I keep having this dream where I find out I failed 12th grade and have to go back again. The weird thing is that in the dream it feels like it has happened many times before and I have a sense of hopelessness that I will never get out of school. I never failed any grades in school, so I don’t know why I keep having this dream repeatedly. It’s kind of tormenting. Another dream which is possibly part of the same dream: I am in school, not sure what grade, but I am heading to class. I don’t know where I am supposed to be going and in the dream I look for my schedule to try to find out what class to go to. Then the halls are nearly empty and I am still looking and the dream ends. I never do find out what class I am going to because the dream ends while I am still looking. I have been having both of these dreams for several years now. As a little background info, I hated school until about 10th grade, then it was okay. Could this be some tension that still exists from bad experiences at school? Neither of these events actually ever took place in real life. I guess I will never know.

  50. Michelle February 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    I dreamt of being in high school on the stair case then being on different floors trying to find the class im suppose to be in feeling lost but in my dream i know its a dream, i know its strange but im aware that its a dream.

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