10 Years? I can’t believe that it has been ten years since I graduated high school and now I’m in the process of planning our ten year high school reunion. Where did the time go?! I don’t even feel that old! But I am beyond excited to reconnect with the people that I spent my early years growing up with as we supported each other through our awkward transitions and that time in our life where everything revolved around ourselves. We witnessed each other grow up, change, and figure out how to stretch our wings and leave our small town. I’m excited to hear about what others have been doing with their time, what their day to day is like now, learn about their now budding families, and hear about their new hometowns.
Where did ten years go? I’m still astonished how quickly time passes and if we aren’t careful we can miss out on life as time whips by us like a fast moving train. Naturally an impending ten year high school reunion caused me to reflect on what I have done in the past ten years, all of the places that I’ve been, and the people that I’ve met along the way, and it is crazy to think about how much has changed since I graduated high school. As I think of how bright eyed I was when I was 18 years old, and the world was at my fingertips as I was entering the threshold of adulthood…everything was a possibility and there was no opportunity too scary or unnerving. I could accomplish anything that I put my hopes and dreams into. Now as an adult, I’m more cautious with my endeavors, and a piece of me wants that tenacity that I had when I was younger. Although now, I do appreciate as an adult that I have outgrown my awkward stage, I have more money in my bank account, and no curfew. It is nice to be reminded that I can still do a lot in the next ten years, and that I can bring back the fearlessness of my youth…to take risks and live a life full of adventure.
I am proud of the person that I am today, and all that has brought me to this moment…all the successes, failures, and changed directions of dreams, and I find myself thinking that I wouldn’t change a thing.
I know October will come and go, and after the reunion, another ten years will pass before I know it and I will find myself dumbfounded at my 20 year reunion. In the meantime, I’m learning to appreciate every moment, every changed direction, every person on my path, and to not wait until tomorrow to put my plans into actions. Another ten years may come and go, and I want to be just as satisfied with the life that I’ve lived, and that it is rich with love, adventure, and lessons.