Saturday, August 17, 2013

Why I'm attending my 10 year class reunion

My ten year class reunion is almost a month away.  I'm counting down the days because as a planning committee member, we have just a week or so to finalize numbers and make plans based on the size of the group.  Unfortunately, ticket sales haven't been what we hoped, but realistically they are in line with what other friends have said about their percentage of attendance at other schools.   So it brings up the question of whether class reunions are relevant anymore with the ability to "keep up" with one another online.  When in doubt, make a list... Here are some of the reasons why I will be attending my reunion/rebuttal to some of the excuses we might use to not attend:
  • Reunions don't have to be about comparing success and failure--we're all a work in progress and success can meet a lot of different things to different people.  Whether you're well on your way to big success OR like me, starting fresh with some great lessons learned. Thank God we're not the same people as we were 10 years ago.  
  • Some of us have gained/lost weight, lost our hair, lost jobs, had a failed marriage, etc.  But we have also gained wisdom, overcome bad choices, persevered through real challenges & are still young and have our whole lives ahead (plus, bald guys are hot & mama bodies created miracles--own it!)
  • Your reunion is a rite of passage.  Traditions seem rare in our modern world.  Surviving a decade of adult-hood is worth celebrating.  Sitting at home stalking Facebook or catching up with friends at the grocery store is not a proper celebration.  We've come a long way, we at least deserve a celebration with nice  table cloths. 
  • School taught me how to meet a deadline, show up--on time & prepared, work hard & earn opportunities, get along with people for the sake of accomplishing a common goal (think group projects) and other lessons.  You may have learned different things, but either way, we became adults together--so whether you liked the people who are coming in high school, the likelihood is that they have grown since then as well.  Show up & you may actually enjoy seeing some of the people who walked down the hallways of the same building with the same insecurities and hopes for the future.  
  • Whether you hated high school (or middle school in my case) or LOVED it, a reunion is not about going back and being trapped in the same place.  Again, we have all grown since then and can move on--but hopefully we can still laugh at ourselves (seriously, Alexis, how did you convince me that borrowing your genie costume from 5 years before was a good idea?  I'll never let my daughter leave the house in something like that!).  
  • Relationships are the most important thing we can build in this life.  Although we may have drifted apart or never connected with some of our classmates, we share a common history.  Spending one night of celebration can lead to connections and opportunities in the future.  For some, it may mean mending a relationship or just personally moving past a hurtful relationship.  You never know when you might need to tap into your network or when they might need you. 
These are some of the reasons why I've decided to attend.  It's only one night.  Let's make the most of it!

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