I graduated from high school 10 years ago and although it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, I am reminded when I think about how much everything has changed. I’ve been talking with friends from high school about our upcoming 10 year reunion. Some are hesitant to attend, some don’t want to pay for the ticket, some are excited, some don’t know what to expect. It has me thinking about the days of high school. Who I used to be, who my friends were, who the people were that I looked up to. It’s bitter sweet because there were things that I didn’t like about myself. There were those moments that I wouldn’t change for the world and others that haunt me to this day. It’s all kind of crazy when you think about it. You are a different person now. You have a different life than before. A reunion is an event that can bring back the good feelings of the old days while combining the reality of your new life. It’s a time to laugh, reminisce and celebrate the years that we spent together and the many years that we’ve spent building our lives apart. It’s a time to drink, eat and be merry all while seeing people that you grew up with. The high school years will never be forgotten and whether they were good or bad they played a huge role in who you’ve become. There is beauty in that.
The reunion isn’t about the food, the venue or the centerpieces. It’s about coming back together after a decade apart. Remembering the school spirit, the Friday nights, the teachers, the dreams and the fun we had together. It’s about re-living the good ol’ days and creating some great new memories.
So whether you’re living your dream life or you’re still trying to figure it all out like the majority of us are, you should go to your 10 year reunion. Celebrate that you’ve survived the first 10 years out of high school in the real world. Talk about what you’ve done and where you’ve been. Find that you have more in common with your past classmates than you think. Laugh with old friends and maybe make some new ones.
To the Fontana High School Class of 2004, I hope that you will be there on October 18th. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you and enjoying a great night together!
Is your 10 year coming up? Have you been to your high school reunions? Would love to hear your positive stories!