[me (second on the left) at a friend’s high school grad party-guess a lot has changed]
So tonight I am going to my 5-year high school reunion and I have absolutely no idea what to expect. I feel like many of my friends still keep and touch (at least the ones I want to keep in touch with) and that’s who I’ll be carpooling with on the way there. However, I still have no idea what will come of it. While five years does seem like kind of a long time, I feel like nothing has changed, really.
I’m still the same old me, and nothing that drastic has happened in my life worth sharing. It’s not like I chopped off all my hair, gained 50 pounds, had a baby or got married (although I’m sure there will be some of those). But then when I really do think about it, I guess I did change a lot…for the better.
-I gained a boatload of confidence in who I am and what I see myself as.
-I went through four years of college and made some of the best friends I’ll ever have there.
-I studied abroad in Italy and really got a sense of their culture, habits & brilliant lifestyle.
-I went through my “crazy” phase in college and then learned to find balance & consistency in my life.
-I moved to Boston after graduation and learned to be more independent.
-I dabbled in the workplace and learned what it’s like to work in an office job.
-I realized office jobs aren’t really for me, and took a leap to pursue my career as a writer.
-I learned to love wearing jeans, instead of loathing them for making my thighs look fat.
-I died my hair back to its natural brown, and said goodbye to my former blonde self.
-I dated a few guys, or at least went on a few dates.
-I went to New Zealand and jumped out of a plane.
-I lost a little weight and learned to be more comfortable in my body & with my eating habits
-I learned to love running, yoga & Core Fusion.
-I self-published an 80-paged recipe book, “Healthy Chicks in the Kitchen.”
-I experienced loss and heartbreak for the first time when I lost my grandmother and then later that year my great-aunt.
-I learned to appreciate exotic foods like sushi, hummus, Thai & tofu.
-I became obsessed with cooking…all kinds of cooking.
When looking at all of that, I realize I did do a lot in the past five years, and maybe a lot really has changed. Even though I don’t look like a completely different person, a lot has changed on the inside as I’ve learned so much about myself these past years.
So I guess I am excited to see what five years has done to all my other former classmates, whether it’s for the better or the worse – a brilliant job or a balding head. I will keep you posted on how this evening goes.
In the meantime, I challenge you to make a list on things that have changed over the past 2, 5, 10+ years. I think you’ll really surprise yourself when you realize how much you’ve grown up.