10/14/12

Ten Year Reunion

Last weekend I went to my ten year reunion.

I always swore I would never go to it. I didn't hate high school but I definitely never EVER want to relive those years. They are better left in the past where they belong.

So the day that I went on paypal and paid a good chunk of money to go to the reunion surprised me more than anyone.

And now, after the reunion I can say that I am very glad that I went. For some reason I've had a negative taste in my mouth of my high school years. I'm definitely one to {over}analyze every single situation so all weekend I tried to figure out why I had negative feelings towards high school.

I was having a good time at the reunion so why was it that I harbored bad feelings of my high school time?

I enjoyed my time in high school. However I wasn't the prettiest, smartest, most popular, most outgoing or most spiritual, I was just me.

During all of my analyzing I realized this is what has bothered me all these years, I simply didn't like me. My high school years were great (aside from my grades which were in fact not great). I had good friends, I managed to stay out of "trouble", I was involved with a youth group that brought many fun memories as well as one of my closest and best friends.

It seems a little belated but ten years later I have realized it is ok that I wasn't the prettiest, smartest, most popular, most outgoing or most spiritual, and that I was just me. 

It's amazing how accepting me for me is a constant journey. All these years I have thought I didn't like high school but really I just didn't like me, which is sad. I am learning to accept myself and love myself. I think it will always be a journey.

Honestly I never realized that it was just insecurity that was plaguing me, and somehow going to my ten year reunion helped me to realize this. So in a way I'm kind of glad these two girls basically made me go!


The reunion was two days Friday night and Saturday night. Friday night was much more relaxed and I enjoyed it more, but the whole weekend was great. 

Me with my sweet husband who makes me SO thankful that I didn't waste time on any high school boys! :-)


One of my besties Lacey. I am so thankful for her friendship. Every time I'm around her it makes me thankful for real and authentic relationships. We can go two years without seeing each other and get together and just be us. It is a special friendship.  We actually met our senior year but consider ourselves "high school best friends"


My good friend Miranda. We have been friends since 3rd grade and share MANY memories together including our insane love for all things Hanson. We may have had a pretend joint Hanson wedding one time. We totally walked down the aisle to "I will come to you" which I'm pretty sure was written for Hanson's dead grandma. Don't tell our 13 year old selves.



It was a great weekend and I'm glad I went! I'm not sure Luke feels the same way since I basically left him alone a lot of time while I talked to people. Luke is very thankful for his iPhone that kept him entertained.

It's crazy but I never thought high school would still be teaching me life lessons ten years later. But it is. I am learning to love me for me everyday!

5 comments:

Mommy Mandy said...

I'm so glad you had such a great time! My 10 year got cancelled last year due to weather, and honestly, I'm just not feeling it this year. Which is sad cause I always thought I'd go! Oh well...funny how things change

Lauren said...

Just had my high school reunion this past weekend and so so glad I went!!!! :) Yay for Class of 2002. HA!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I loved high school but also would never go back. But even though I loved it, I was terrified to go to my reunion as well. Mine was because I was such a different person now and I thought everyone was expecting the old me. But they weren't. The good thing about reunions is that everyone grew up over the years. And by 28, most are comfortable in their own skins finally. Which makes the reunion a total blast.

I have no idea what I just said. So glad you had a good time!

Life and Times . . . said...

I never liked myself either, and I still struggle with this at times. But God is teaching me that He made me who I am for a reason. It's His job to fix what needs fixing, perfect what needs perfecting, and heal what needs healing. It's my job to let Him.

Annie said...

I went back to my high school to visit a few teachers a few weeks ago and had a similar realization: it's not that I had a horrible time in high school; I just didn't like who or where I was at that time.

It sounds like you had a good time at your reunion! I love the blue dress you wore!