I am 26 years old, yet I still have dreams about high school. The vast majority of them are nightmares, usually I misbehave in the dream, and sometimes I end up fighting for my life. I have developed a habit of waking up forcefully when these dreams tend to get too unbearable, and I’d end up starting my day on a bad note.

For example, last night I had a dream about this one teacher I had in high school. I knew for a fact she disliked me, and she made no effort to hide her distaste for me. I was popular in her class, everyone liked me, and I tended to be a class clown as a result. She didn’t like that.

In the dream, she still disliked me, and she even called some security guys, who turned out to be the alien robots from Battlestar Galactica, and they hunted me down long hallways, shooting me with machine guns and laser guns. When I got outside to the parking lot, I tried to find my car, but couldn’t find it. So I had to duck behind cars, and ended up running back in the school, back into the classroom, and killing the teacher that put me in that predicament in the first place. That’s when I woke up.

I never disliked her, in fact, I just didn’t pay her much attention at all. However, in the dream, she annoyed me purposely. These kind of dreams happen multiple times a week, and you’d think after being out of high school for over 8 years, I would forget about high school, but that’s not the case. My high school experience wasn’t a great one, I really hated it, but if I knew it would end up haunting me for the rest of my life, I would’ve made more of an effort to make it a better experience.