Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sometimes, you can go back. (Temporarily)

This past weekend was really cool for me because I got to hang out with some old college buddies of mine.  You know the saying, "you can never go back"?  Well, sometimes you can!  Several people came in from all over to attend a special alumni weekend at my university.  It really was just like old times.  Hanging out with the same people in the same places made the time just melt away.  Now, I'm back in the real world and am wondering if I dreamt it all.

This got me wondering:  Why do we like to have reunions so much?  I mean, we all have current friends we hang out with, right?  ...and one would presume that we've developed past our old colleagues and have become different people than we were then.  Those old people won't know the "new" us.  Why have college and/or high school reunions?  I have to say, I also recently hung out with some old high school buddies too and had a fabulous time.  Why is it so fun?

I think it's because when we see these people, we feel grounded.  We met them at a time when we were still developing and were dreaming of what we would become in the future.  The possibilities were endless.  As we age, our possibilities seem to shrink and reality sets in.  Seeing your school colleagues makes you feel like you have possibility in your life again.

It's also fun to see what people you knew way back when are doing now.  When I find out how successful some of my colleagues are, it makes me feel like that too is possible for me.  Minds open, possibilities present themselves, new thoughts form.  
Plus, I adored those people back then and I adore them now and it was just plain FUN to see them again!  :-)

3 comments:

  1. I had a great time seeing you too! Hopefully, we won't have to wait so long the next time!

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  2. I made it to my 5 year reunion which was too soon and I have yet to make it back to any more. I actually wanted to go to my 20th but somehow got missed on the invites. Now that I am hooked up with a lot of people on Facebook I will not miss the details for the 25th which I hope to attend.

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  3. Go and have a blast! Isn't facebook the best? I have not made it to any high school reunions yet. My 20th is in 2 years (eek! Has is really been that long?), and I hope to go to it.

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