Next weekend is my twentieth high school reunion and that freaks me out. Seriously has it really been that long? I’m going to go because it’s one of those rights of passage that you just need to experience and I don’t want to regret not going. Here’s the thing though, I barely know anyone that graduated from my class. I don’t really talk to anyone from my class, just the occasional ‘Hi!’ on Facebook but that’s about it. I probably remember more people than they would remember me. I wasn’t popular, but I wasn’t a total outcast, I was invisible. I tried to fit in with the crowd, I went to football games, dances and such but I was still hanging out in the shadows. So being that I wasn’t memorable will I get much out of going to the reunion?
Don’t get me wrong, I did have a decent high school experience, and my closest, most treasured friends were my high school friends, but they graduated in ’91. I went to my ten year and I also went to the ten year reunion for the class of ’91. It was the second reunion that I connected the most with. It felt like home to me, comfortable.
I’m going to go to homecoming and I’m going to try to remain open about the whole experience. People change right? Maybe someone who never would have said ‘Hi’ to me in the hallway will find that they really have a lot more in common with me twenty years later.