Last night was my ten year high school reunion. I made the right decision when I decided to go because I learned a lot from everything that happened last night. Here are 3 major discoveries that I made.
1. If you see an old high school classmate out at the bar and they don’t say hi to you, it doesn’t mean that they are avoiding you. In fact, I learned that it is quite the opposite. I was told that I intimidated them. Who knew? All this time I was intimidated by them, so I never said hi when in fact I think they wanted to say hi to me. Why do we let ourselves become so terrified of social rejection that it makes us incapable of human interaction. Resolution #1: I will always say hi to someone I would like to start a conversation with in the future.
2. Classmates you thought were “popular” in high school, weren’t really popular at all. They were only popular because you placed them on the pedestal that they stood on. Resolution #2: I will only show respect to those that deserve it.
3. People don’t really change that much after high school. Yes we grow older and become more educated in life, but we are still the same people. We have the same personalities that are the backbone of our selves. If you didn’t want to initiate conversation with a classmate then, you still won’t care to talk to them ten years later. Resolution #3: I will only take the time to talk to people who make me laugh instead of cry.
Middle Township Class of 2002…see you in another ten years.