That dream where it was normal/natural to feel good about yourself may be a portend* of things to come.

*Portend: A sign or warning that something momentous is likely to happen.

"I get up, and nothing gets me down.
You got it tough. I've seen the toughest around.
And I know, baby, just how you feel.
You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real"
Van Halen