1. Whilst getting ready the day or evening of your reunion, you will regress to your 17 year old self, concerned about what you're going to wear and if it's acceptable. You will feel as though you're getting ready for a free dress day at school.
2. There will always be one of the quiet smart boys who is now the hottest guy in attendance, his attendance has the girls wondering why they missed that boat and didn't see his potential twenty years ago.
3. Short guys can and do have growth spurts after graduation, this will leave you bewildered.
4. There will be at least one of the boys who is very "hands on" with the ladies and "apparently" admits to having the hots for everyone back in high school (ok perhaps not everyone but close enough). He now likes to tell everyone they're "hot as hell".
5. Secret high school hook ups no on knew about will be announced and admitted to. People will cheer.
6. Everyone looks better with age, we grow out of our awkward teenage selves.
7. Some people don't change one bit.
8. High school crushes will be admitted to and shared.
9. There will be those who no matter how many times they repeat their names you still can't remember going to school with them. You'll try convincing yourself that they're just crashing the party and never attended your school.
10. Some of the bad boys are still bad boys, but some of the bad boys are now good boys.
11. There will always be some awkward conversations with people from your teenage years, whether it be for you or them. Tip: be the person asking the questions.
12. People change and for the main part it's in the most wonderful ways.
13. Don't go to your reunion with grudges, go with an open mind, heart and attitude, twenty years is a lot of time for some people to learn what they need to learn about themselves.
14. There will be people who are fighting demons and challenges, show them love and kindness they may be the ones who need it the most of all, in a room filled with excited people exchanging their achievements of the last twenty years.
15. You may find that some of your old school friends are no longer with us. May they rest in peace.
16. Regardless of talk about careers, houses, travels and achievements......what we all should care most about asking is: Are you happy?
Oh and as a bonus. there will always be someone in the room, who will mistaken someone else at the reunion venue as being "Brad" one of your old school mates . Said person will have others convinced it is Brad as well and they will say excited hellos. "Brad" won't correct said person or others and will have people thinking wow "Brad" came along. Said person who initiated this incident with "Brad" will wonder why is he being so cold after saying hi. Said person realises that "Brad" has an unusual accent (which Brad never had at school). Said person is then forced by friends to confirm who this "Brad" actually is.
"Brad" is not Brad he is actually James from South America, who walks away leaving TRUDIE with two of her school friends bent over in fits of laughter unable to stand. My school friends proceed to tell everyone at the reunion what I did.
What do I do? I laugh along with them and own it.......it's a hilarious story.
Finally in saying farewell, all of the above are true comments, insights and reflections from myself and some of my old school friends who attended our twenty year reunion. So to those who have got reunions to attend anytime soon, I say go forth and get along to yours, have fun and celebrate yourself and others. You'll be surprised of the changes that have occur in people in twenty years and the changes that have happened in you.