Well, after all of this time talking about how it would be weird when my 10 year high school reunion rolled around….it finally arrived.
Honestly, I was dreading it. My life has changed drastically since I roamed the halls trying to figure out where life would take me. My attitude has definitely shifted from the “I just want everyone to be nice and like me” to a more “I don’t really care what you think, I’m pretty fabulous.” With that being said, last week as people posted throwback photos of high school – I realized that I’m just hitting my stride. This sparked the 10 realizations I’ve learned from since graduating in 2005.
1 | High school did not define me.
Thinking back to my high school days, I was painfully awkward and don’t really think I ever fit in. Don’t get me wrong, I had friends but I was always just there. My grades were great, I was socially abled, and I was an athlete – all great. At the end of the day, I was just another girl roaming the halls. I can happily say that high school and all its glory did not define what I would do with my life. Besides all the fun opportunities I’m afforded because of this little corner of the internet, I’ve achieved goals I only imagined I would conquered.
2 | You definitely don’t have to like everyone.
This one is self explanatory. Some people just are hard to deal with and there is no need to pretend that you want to be friends. It’s much easier to just smile, say hi, and go on about your life.
3 | Your glory days are the ones you make.
High school is known for the sweet glory days. I’ve quickly learned that the glory days are what you make of them. As I mentioned above, I’m hitting my stride right now and life couldn’t be better. Each day, I’m creating a new memory or hitting a milestone that trumps anything that high school ever graced me with.
4 | We are constantly trying to find our place.
Even at 29, I know that I’m still growing and discovering new things about myself every day. After 10 years, nobody truly has it together and we definitely haven’t found our place.
5 | Growing up is essential.
While we haven’t found out place in life and are continually growing in a variety of ways – growing up is NOT optional. The best way to sum up growing up is with this quote: “Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.” –Al Franken
6 | Just laugh about those awkward stages.
Just laugh. I promise you it’ll make you feel better, so just laugh.
7 | Celebrate your accomplishments and achievements!
I blog and have had the opportunity to meet an amazing group of people. Not only did I get a bachelors, but I went back and earned my masters degree. I’m still 10 years without any kids (for me this is a grand achievement). At the end of the day, celebrate each other and how far we’ve come in our lives.
8 | Cherish the people who stick by your side.
I’ve been very fortunate to have the most amazing group of friends that make every month a mini high school reunion. It pays to stick with the people who make you laugh, will be there when you need to cry, and get your apprehension for wanting to attend the reunion because you see each other all the time. They bring out the best in every good time you have!
9 | It can be fun to catch up with lost connections.
The best conversation I had that evening was with two of the sweetest people I went to high school with. Albeit, I was a little tipsy but it was nice having the opportunity to speak with people that I was curious to where life took them. It was awesome hearing about the kids they were expecting, the kids they have, their significant others, and so much more. This was definitely a highlight of my night and reminded me why this was a reason why I went.
10 | Going to a reunion, doesn’t mean you have to compromise yourself for anyone.
At the 11th hour, I decided that I didn’t want to go. A part of me was nervous, about what – I still don’t know – but I was. Anxious. Afraid. After a pep talk from my loving husband and a little liquid courage, I was ready to tackle the evening. I also learned that at the end of the night, regardless of what people think or say about me – I’m still going to be me. My life is filled with so much love, warmth, and meaningful relationships that at the end of the day, I’m in the best place.
Are you coming up on 10 years out of high school? Have you surpassed 10 years? What have you learned?