I never wanted to relive my high school life. Sure I had some fun but mostly it was that awkward phase in my life that’s a necessary but despicable route that I needed to go through in order to get some backbone. I was branded the “achiever”; but my self-esteem was still as low as the temperature in Alaska and I thought that I wasn’t even curvy enough.
It was a time of many firsts, but it was also certainly something that most people wouldn’t want to last. It’s like, we just wanted to get over a lot of things. And now that I’m hosting, organizing and going to a few reunions, let me tell you some of the reasons why I always think high school reunions are weird, and, at most times, bumpy:
Firstly, you’ll get to discover everyone’s dirty little secret during and after high school. This is the part of the reunion where all the bad memories get unearthed and connected with how you lived your life in college. Sure some cliques will still be there, but gone are the days they ruled you. And, most of the time, the high school reputations do not really last long after we get our year books.
Also, it’s awkward to try and see how people have changed. That girl you thought was so hot and gorgeous back in the day ends up with early signs of aging! The geek you used to make fun of is now part of a huge business that runs the head office which your company is connected to, and she turned out nicely too! Ever remember the bullies who tried to kill you before, some still want to, while others became teachers, spiritual leaders, or guidance counsellors. The point out of all of this is that karma is a real killer, and you wouldn’t want others basking in the karma that you’ve earned throughout the years!
Another thing that (kinds of) annoys me during reunions is that they always unearth previous, petty problems and they tend to get more and more complicated. Don’t think that guys are exempted from this problem. In high school, guys are about as sensitive as women are, and so it stands that this problem will also haunt them after. If you think that throwing in an offer to settle everything over beer and call girls in a private hotel room for the night will solve the problem, why not? However, issues won’t be as easily dealt with as this. More so when the people involved have grown to hate the people they’ve gone through these issues with over the years!
Lastly, what I really don’t like about reunions is that some are just ego parades. I have seen one where where everyone is just trying to out-earn everyone and trying to keep tabs on who has the latest gadget, the nicest car, the undeserved inheritance and who has the most expensive wedding. Then they talk about who how great their jobs are while silently tugging the tags of their shirts so we can see the brand. Plain foolishness. I hope you won’t land in reunions such as those.
On the other hand yeah, birds of the same feather really do flock together. Even when you set them apart for quite some time.