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Can we talk about high school reunions?

My 20th is coming up. I blew off my 10th high school reunion because I had stuff to do, but really I could’ve made it back if it was important, or if I wanted to be there. Let’s face it, I didn’t.

This year I actually noticed the date, asked a friend about it, and he invited me to a Facebook group where it’s all been in the works. I scroll through the list of names and recognized a few but not tons, but just seeing the list filled me with this anxiety and dread and I have no idea why. I feel fine about how I’ve done in my life, I’m not worried about what people are thinking of me, I never worry about what people are thinking of me. But I didn’t high school! Maybe that’s why I have so much anxiety, I worry that I’m gonna some have regression back. It was a very isolating time. I keep hearing that everybody feels that way. There’s this “Mortified” podcast that I love, it features grown adults reading their journals from high school. Everybody sounds equally confused, isolated, over-analytical - and laughs about it. It makes me feel better. but not enough.

This is just one of those ways where I wish I could turn my brain off and relax because everybody else posting in the facebook group sounds really excited to just hang out, have a beer, and catch up.


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Jun. 27th, 2018 05:21 pm (UTC)
Meh. The 10th is when everyone is still trying to impress everyone else. By the 20th, time has caught up and people are much more down to earth. There will still be a few who are still stuck back then, but they are to be pitied.

Go. Have fun.
Jun. 27th, 2018 06:44 pm (UTC)
My high school has never held a reunion, and if it did I certainly wouldn't go. I've never gone to a college reunion either! And I actually had a good time in college, unlike high school.

I honestly can't see the point... I believe strongly in letting the past die.
Jun. 27th, 2018 06:46 pm (UTC)
I went to my tenth high school reunion and I was embarassed at how many people I couldn't remember. Everyone seemed to remember me though. I went for the dinner and left during the dance :) The highlight for me was a tour of the high school and a peek inside the fabled teacher's lounge.
Jun. 28th, 2018 03:46 am (UTC)
I've never gone to a reunion, and mine is weird because my school was so small, you can be from any graduating year to go to the reunion. My 20th just passed last year. I feel like, I'm Facebook friends with a lot of my old high school friends and they never talk to me, so why would I go to a reunion when they could just talk to me there?
Jun. 28th, 2018 01:22 pm (UTC)
I don't think we had a 20th? My 10th was meh. I'm connected with the people I'm interested in on FB and I don't need to see the rest of the binge drinking people who haven't left HS in their heads.
Jun. 28th, 2018 07:32 pm (UTC)
I went to my 10th, 20th, 30th, 35th, and 40th reunions. In the earlier years, one of the people in my crowd was one of the organizers. I've found that several people have gone on to have interesting lives, not always doing what I expected. And there is always an element of schadenfreude as not everyone's lives turned out so golden.
Jun. 29th, 2018 03:16 am (UTC)

I went to two high schools and have been to all the reunions for one and only one for the other. I’m not sure whether I’ll hit the 25ths when they roll around. I am kind of over reunioning. But if you’ve never been to one, I say go!

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