For as long as I could remember, I could see bits and pieces of the future. When I was really young, I would remember encountering an experience and I would say to myself how strange it was to have somehow seen that somewhere else before. For example, there was this one scene, in my first grade class, where all the kids were crowded around one ball, laughing and falling over each other. It was that EXACT picture that sent me a strong sense of deja vu. I told my teacher, and she just smiled at me and seemingly ignored it. I didn't know why she didn't believe me.
For me, the premonitions are always in my point of view. The way they replay are in scenes and not events. However, I saw them the first time, is EXACTLY how they reappear the second time. It wasn't until about 4 years ago that I realized they came in dreams. I always thought they occurred when I was daydreaming, but one experience told me that the dreams foretold experiences.
One night, I had a vivid dream that I was on a dirt road, taking a picture of a Aztec-like statue, with my grandpa. My grandfather lives on the other side of the world, and I see him only every two years.
I remember thinking when I woke up, that it was an interesting dream, and odd that I dreamed of him. I never knew before that summer, I would be going back to visit him and my grandma. When I did go, he took me to a park of memorable global memorials and figures, in miniature. Then, I took a picture of him, and I realized that I was standing on a dirt road, taking a picture of an old-looking statue, the exact one in my dream, with my grandpa in the exact same position.
I have these often. They are never of events of importance, or relevance to general life. They could be anything from a friend saying something in the same way I dreamed it, or a specific everyday thing that I would see.
I want to know if these small premonitions are here for any reason? I never know when I'm only dreaming, or if it's a premonition, and I never know when I will see it happen in real life, whether the next day, or in a few years. It is so frustrating when you know so little.
Is there any way to distinguish a dream from a premonition? Is there a purpose to it all? How can I improve my skills? Any help or similar experiences appreciated. Thanks in advance:)