I have done my best to heal from the atrocities of high school. But I recently received a postcard in the mail informing me that this year would be my tenth year reunion and that I should register to attend.
My first thought was literally, “Hell no.” I threw the postcard in the trash and continued with my life.
A couple of weeks later I received a wedding invitation from an old friend, and I remembered the upcoming reunion. My initial repulsion from any such event had died down by then, and I began to truly contemplate it.
Am I not a child of the nineties and the early millennium? I grew up in the golden age of high school movies. (A topic for a later date.) Couldn’t this be my chance to create a sequel to the high school experience I never had? (Because there’s no way I want to recreate the one I did have.) Couldn’t this be my chance to come out on top?
I know the people I went to school with, and I’m not successful by their measure. But that sinking feeling of shame from failure never came. I realized it’s because I’m happy. The more I thought about what could happen the more I realized that I was content with the choices I had made in life. I understood my own reasoning, and I owed none of them an explanation for anything.
And with the worry gone of not living up to a measure of success that was not even defined by me, I really started to think about attending.
What was the worst that could happen? Everyone ignores me. I’m lonely. I get embarrassed somehow. I can deal with that. I mean, these are the types of experiences that can be the inspiration for genius.
I’m going to do it! I’m going to buy a ticket and go to my high school reunion!
So join me as I get ready for and contemplate my 10 year high school reunion.
Have you gone to your high school reunion(s)? How were they? Any advice?
Edit: I decided not to continue publishing on this. But it was an interesting reunion…