My husband’s ten year high school class reunion is this weekend. It is something he has been looking forward to ever since he found out about it. He even bought me a new dress for the occasion and has joined a gym to lose weight. He has lost eleven pounds so far and has turned down junk food. Why is it that seeing people we went to school with can give us such an incentive to change?
I guess the best answer is that a class reunion is a chance for a new first impression. Sure, these people knew who you were in high school and if by chance you were the shy, nerdy kid perhaps you have a chance to show your former classmates that you’ve become something more than the target of their jokes. If you were a former jock or beauty-queen, unfortunately you have nowhere to go but down (OK, only kidding!) Everyone else, however, has a chance to say, “Here I am! Take a look at me now!”
Why do we care so much what these people think? Not everyone does, sure, but for those, like my husband, it is a chance to impress others. Men seem very big into this. I know if the shoe was on the other foot, though, like it will be in a few years, I will be in the same boat. Fortunately with apps like Facebook and Myspace I already know how most of the people I went to high school with have turned out…much like myself! Married with kids!
What about you? If you’re ten year reunion has come already did you go? Were you nervous? Excited?