This past weekend I attended my 20th high school reunion. It was a joyous night and I was pleasantly surprised at how genuinely happy people appeared to be at being reunited. Clique lines seemed to melt away as friends greeted friends who’d grown up together in 4 small towns in rural southern New Hampshire. Conversations flowed easily and hugs were abundant.
Much has changed, but I was struck by how many people were exactly the same. Circumstances have changed, of course, but personalities shone through that were cultivated at Timberlane 2+ decades ago. We were lucky to grow up in a time and place that provided not only a wonderful education, but a safe environment, rich extracurricular activities, and so many options for growth.
It’s hard to believe 20 years has passed, but the reunion offered me a chance to reflect-on what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve learned, and who I’ve become. Here are some things I’ve learned:
*Some friends are meant to be on your journey forever and some friendships are fleeting. Hold the dear ones close.
*The cruelest people need the most love
*Having children is humbling
*Confidence can be cultivated
*I’m drawn to people with similar experiences, world views, and senses of humor
*Life is hard; be kind to yourself
*Family, education, and health are gifts
*It really is about the journey. Stop and smell the roses, take pictures, capture moments, make memories. That’s the good stuff.
*Be your own advocate. No one else is going to fight for you like you can.
*Travel is so important and wonderful and can change your world view for the better
*Once you find your passion, cultivate it!
Whether you’ve been out of high school for 2 years or 60, what have you learned??
I love your thoughts! I have learned that there is no such thing as the perfect person. We are all human, we make mistakes. It’s ok to make mistakes, but apologize, then move on. Dwelling helps no one. Letting go of toxic people is so important and is so freeing. Gratitude is important and can really shift your mood. Kindness is always the answer even when people are not. Love you, Katrine!
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