Hello, darlings! Today’s Guest Contributor is the lovely and talented Mitzi Beach. Mitzi wrote an article for us all about downsizing your home a few months ago. Now she’s back with some sage advice about attending your future class reunions. Enjoy!
To Attend Or Not To Attend, That Is the Question!
This past summer, I attended my 55th class reunion in Salem, Ohio. Yes, I know, you can do the math; we all were 73 at this gathering. But oh, what a gathering it was!
Now, I realize that many of you may still carry around the wounds, betrayals, resentments, perhaps even scars from being bullied during your high school years. The odds are few had a perfectly wonderful high school experience.
And yet, I ask you, are you missing out by skipping your class reunions? Have you been fabricating convenient excuses about avoiding these get-togethers with self-talk including, Why would I ever want to be back with those people ever again?
Well, my dear readers, here is why you should reconsider attending your next reunion.
Yes, everyone changes, not only in their looks but also with acquired people skills and hopefully a stronger sense of maturity. You would have a hard time convincing me that you are that same person that you were in high school. I know that I certainly am not!
To miss out on observing and benefitting from your high school classmates as they are now is sadly your loss. Who knows? You could establish an exciting new relationship with a classmate like so many others have, as witnessed on Facebook given the numerous high school connections.
You Share a Precious Personal History
No one understands what it was like during your high school years quite like you do. Some of the best times at these reunions stem from sharing these crazy stories, teachers’ influence or an instructor’s “unusual” style.
In addition, sharing the highs and lows with those that knew you then can become a catalyst to understanding why you made the choices you did then. The candor gives you the opportunity to forgive yourself and hopefully others too.
You Deserve to Open Yourself up to Have Some Fun
Here’s a quote from one of my special long-time friends regarding our recent reunion:
“If only for a few short hours they make you feel young again, remembering all the music and dance steps. You and I did the jitterbug just like we were in high school again. I loved it!! Never mind that I had an awful back spasm when I sat down. I’d do it all over again. Love, love, love our reunions.”
Gain a Whole New Perspective
You could gain a whole new perspective on not only your high school years but also on your life. As I reflected on our past reunion, I gained a fresh appreciation for how swiftly my years were speeding past me. Why I would not want to grab hold and cherish as many personal experiences as I possibly could by connecting with my high school peers?
However, as I close out this post, a profound thought needs to be shared with you all. I believe that we each have a unique purpose for being alive at this very time to make the world a better place even if it is only reaching out to one seemingly-lonely, forgotten person. What if you were meant to be that person to enrich one of your classmates’ self-esteem as a result of your brief attention by attending your next reunion?
One of my favorite chapters in my book is on togetherness where I state, “It’s not all about me.” Until I had the opportunity to write this post, I had not connected that this is indeed enough of a reason to attend class reunions.
In the end, it is not about any of us individually, but what and how we make a difference for others.
Will you attend your next reunion? Join the conversation in the comments below or on Facebook and Instagram.
Mitzi Beach A.S.I.D. C.A.P.S. is an award-winning Interior Designer, Author, and 50+ Demographic Marketing & LifestyleSpecialist. She’s the author of the brand new book “Design Smarts, Inspiration for Home + Life.” Mitzi, armed with 30 years of experience and a masters degree in interior design, is one of the Design Hounds Top 100 influencers 2018, selected as a member of the prestigious Style Spotters High Point market in North Carolina, as well as High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour, quoted in The Wall Street Journal as an expert in the emerging Aging in Place (AIP) trend. Along with designers across America, her home is featured in the 2018 “Christmas By Design” book.