20 Reasons Why You Should Go to Your High School Reunion
It’s so hard to believe that 20 years ago, I graduated from high school! Ack! That’s literally two decades ago. Holy crap! Two decades and one blended family later, here I am – ready to attend my 20 Year High School Reunion. Damn, I FEEL like I SOUND like I’m OLD!! Anyone else have that feeling? Ha ha!
I had the intention to go to my 10 year high school reunion and was really excited about it. However, my family at the time ended up transferring to Seattle and it was hard to attend. I was so glad that I was able to catch up with one of my close high school friends a few years prior. She was traveling through California with her family and had her two children. I introduced her to my first little guy (I’m holding him in the picture below).
As I mentioned, my last “big” high school reunion was 10 years ago, but I was living in Seattle and was pregnant, as well as crazy busy with a preschooler and toddler in tow. While I somewhat wanted to go to my reunion, it just wasn’t feasible. I was happy to be able to reunite with a few friends from high school here and there.
However, now that my kids are older and I live in the same state as the reunion, I’m excited to be going with my husband. I’ve had feelings going back and forth about the reunion, such as, “Will anyone even remember me?” “Was I mean to anyone in high school?” “Who else is going?” “Will people be friendly?” “Is it going to be awkward?” “What do we have in common?” “Who has kids?” “Who’s on social media?” “Will there be alcohol?” Apparently, I’m not the only one with those feelings. These feelings are what inspired me to dig deeper and look for 20 Reasons Why You Should Go To Your High School Reunion.
20 Reasons Why You Should Go to Your High School Reunion
1 – Catch up with old friends. I’m excited about reconnecting with the friends I had in high school and catching up with them. I don’t know about them, but a lot has happened in 20 years for me!
2 – Dance like a teenager. I can’t wait to see what the DJ starts playing at our 20 year reunion! Maybe some “Macarena” or “Jump, Jump.” I know that in our Facebook Group for our reunion, there was a long thread of songs that our high school classmates were listing that they would love to hear at the reunion.
3 – Laugh like a teenager. There aren’t a lot of events that let you relive those awkward teenage years and laugh at them with others who know exactly what you went through because they did too!
4 – The dress code is different. Don’t worry. You don’t have to wear a puffy prom dress, shoulder pads, dyed shoes or big hair, although you can look it and reminisce over pictures where you did!
5 – Meet in real life. I personally am looking forward to hugging and catching up with those friends I had in school. After I graduated, I moved away to live with my dad and stepmom and go to college – about 3 hours north of where I grew up. The internet was not like it is today and I lost contact with a lot of people. I remember catching up with some of my high school friends on Classmates, then MySpace, and finally finding a lot more of them on Facebook. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with those Facebook friends I’ve had for years, but now in real life.
6 – Show off pictures of your kids and family. I don’t know about you, but if people haven’t already seen pictures of my kids and husband, which they probably have since I’m a blogger and active on social media, I can show off pics of my kids…the loves and lights of my life!
7 – Travel. Talk about places you’ve been able to travel to or hear about where your classmates have been able to travel. It’s a great chance to share life’s experiences!
8 – What happened to him or her? Find out what happened to those friends who aren’t around anymore. There will be people who won’t be at the class reunion or who have essentially fallen off the grid. Your high school reunion gives you a chance to find out what happened to those people and dedicate some time to remembering or finding them.
9 – Memorials. Memorialize the memory of those no longer here. I know that they are planning on doing something during our 20 year reunion to remember those students and teachers who are no longer with us.
10 – Who’s changed? See how different people look or how they haven’t changed much now compared to high school.
11 – Where you came from. Show your spouse or significant other where you’re from. I don’t know about you, but whenever I travel down to my hometown with my husband or family, I love to show them the childhood house I grew up in and the schools I went to. If possible, I like to reconnect with family and friends who live in the area.
12 – Aging anyone? At your high school reunion, you can come to terms with aging – ya know…wrinkles, grey hair, etc, etc, etc. Don’t worry…you aren’t the only one going through these life changes.
13 – Get a chance to network. Whether it’s connecting about a job or finding a place to vacation, your reunion offers a great connect to network with those who graduated with you.
14 – Others are probably feeling the same as you. Talking to those who are currently planning our high school reunion, I was amazed to find out that there were actually others who were worried people might not remember who they were. Exactly how I felt!
15 – Common ground. Find things in common with those you didn’t have common ground with in high school. For example, there are classmates I went to school with who I didn’t think I fit in with, but now that we have children and are mothers or parents, I feel like I have a sense of common ground with them – making it easier to connect and chat.
16 – Heal. Whether it’s talking to the class bully face to face 20 years later or apologizing to someone you hurt, a lot of healing can happen at a high school reunion. Forgive and move on. Let it be healing rather than ruining your night.
17 – Enjoy good food. At our high school reunion, we’ll be having some appetizers (Ahi Poke on Wonton Crisps, Grilled Peach Crostini with Goat Cheese, New York Steak Crostini, Caprese Skewers, Swedish Meatballs, and Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Satay) and desserts (Cheesecake with Berries and Mini Beignets).
18 – Enjoy drinks. Whether you’re drinking alcohol or not, enjoy socializing and drinking with those attending the reunion.
19 – Night out without the kids. Not that I don’t love my kids, because I do, it’s nice to be able to go out with my husband and connect with other grownups looking to have a good time!
20 – Biggest one of all – have fun!!! Reconnect with friends, make new friends, eat food, drink, dance and have a great time at your High School Reunion. And of course, don’t forget to take lots of pictures…and share them!
Did you go or will you be going to your High School Reunion?