My 20 year high school reunion is on over Easter. I'm not going. Not because I'm ashamed or embarrassed, or because I feel uncomfortable, but simply because I'm not interested in any of the people who ARE going.
Monday, April 06, 2009
It's funny, but the very people who would never have spoken to me in high school are all clamouring to be my friend on Facebook or get in touch with me these days. The very same girls that would never have sat anywhere near me in class, now send me emails and Facebook messages saying "Oh it's so awesome to see you, you've been up to so much since we left school!"
This is because the absolute pinnacle of their lives was high school. They were at their most popular, beautiful, confident and interesting during those high school years. Once they left school, it was all downhill from there. Most of them were married young, had kids young, many divorced young... and that's about all they've done with their lives. They were so wrapped up in being beautiful and popular and following what they thought was how you lived life, that they forgot to LIVE.
The thought of spending several hours in the company of these people is so boring that I just can't be bothered going. Nor can I be bothered contacting them back or friending them on Facebook. I feel no anger or bitterness towards any of them, really just disinterest and in some cases, pity.
There are a few people I would like to see that will be at the reunion, but I'd rather catch up with them some other way later on. Without the distraction of people who I have no interest in trying to get some attention.
Would you go to your high school reunion? If yes, what attracts you to it? If no, why not?
I actually don't have any photographs of me as a teenager (until I was about 18 or 19), but here's one of me just before I started high school (holding primary school graduation certificates):
I wish I still had legs like that!