My 20 year high school reunion is this summer. I still have not decided if I am going to attend or not. I skipped the 10 year. And truthfully, most of the those people didn’t know me in high school and I didn’t know them…why would I want to go back to that time and relive a time that makes me shudder in horror when I think about it now? And what could I possibly learn about them that I didn’t hear about on Facebook?
So in honor of my reunion…that I may or may not attend, here is a list of things I did and didn’t know at 17 – when I graduated.
Things I Did Know at 17
- People can be cruel and you can choose to let it get you down or not. I usually chose to let it get to me…and sometimes I still do.
- Life will not be easy.
- Friendships and can come and go.
- Be on the lookout for wolves dressed like sheep. They do exist.
- People will forgive a lot if you have something that makes you special…for me, they shut up when I sang.
- You can easily hide if motivated…even in a large group of people.
- It is possible to see a future that you previously never imagined…change is possible.
- There is nothing like being on stage and there still isn’t.
- You can love being on stage and still hate being the center of attention.
- Crushes are not fatal.
- Kids are not in my future. And I like it that way.
- It is possible to love the entirely wrong person with no expectation of them loving you back.
- It can be extremely difficult to meet people and connect to them when you are an adult.
- Some adolescent behavior never goes away.
- I would walk away from my one true love (music) and only rediscover it after a traumatic event.
- I would consider my sister one of my best friends.
- That it would be possible to consider people your friends even when you barely ever see them.
- That my work would be so important to me.
- That I would find my inner artist and writer at this point in my life.
- The need to be liked does not fade. Neither does the need for a hug.
- Being single is not as fun as it seems. At 17, I never thought I would want to get married. Now at 37, it has not happened. But it is far from the life I saw then.
- I would find faith in my Savior and it saved me.
- My tendency to sit in front of the TV would leave me in the worst shape of my life and the pain it is causing to rectify that.
- Love can make people uncomfortable – me included – if they don’t know how to receive it.