We went to my 10 year high school reunion this weekend. It seems like the trend recently for people I know to not go to their own reunions because they think it would be too awkward or they just didn't like high school and don't want to relive it. Sure, it's a little weird talking to people you haven't seen in a decade, but I enjoyed high school and I genuinely like the people I graduated with so I was excited for the opportunity.
with Julia - one of my best friends since first grade!
My twin sister is near the end of her pregnancy so she was unable to travel to the event which made me sad. It seemed pretty weird to be around all of those people again and not have her there too. I was really impressed by the turnout though and even though I am an introvert and feel pretty uncomfortable in social gatherings, it really wasn't that awkward. When you have that much of a history with people, it doesn't take much to make you feel comfortable. And you have a lot to talk about. It's fun catching up with people and learning what they are up to and it is equally as fun to talk about silly things we did together as kids.
family photo at the park taken by my classmate Charity
There were two reunion events this weekend. The first one was an evening thing at a bar. I think about 70% of my class was there. It was great to see (mostly) everyone step out of their friend groups from high school and catch up with people who they once felt they had nothing in common with. The second event was at a park where those who had kids brought them together to play. There were less people at that event, but it was my favorite part. It was really fun to see my childhood friends interact with their own kids. I wish more people would have gone to that event.
just in case you were wondering - this is what I looked like in high school
Anyway, I am mostly sharing this to tell you that if you are on the fence about attending your reunion, I personally think you should go. I think most of the reasons people don't attend these things (besides proximity and scheduling conflicts) are silly and often selfish. Even if you didn't enjoy your high school experience, I bet you will be pleasantly surprised by how those people who you used to think were terrible have changed. And if they haven't, you can at least laugh about how ridiculous they are afterward.