Does this ever happen to you?
I have fond and melancholy feelings when I think back on my days in high school and the freedom, fun and friends I had. I also remember at the end, very much wanting to get out of there and I also know I wouldn't want to go back. It's better as a memory that it was in day to day reality.
I think all people tend to romanticize the past, quite possibly it's our brain's way of protecting us from all the negative things we've experienced.
I used to think the religion was so wonderful because of the diverse worldwide "family" we enjoyed, yet in reality it was never a loving family at all. It was just a fantasy. Because the minute you step outside of the jw box, you cease to exist for them.