The “I’m getting old” Revelation

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Minding my own business during a breezy afternoon on the beach, I heard the familiar ping of my BlackBerry. Ever since my first big upgrade, I haven’t been able to learn what the new sounds mean, so when approaching my phone I am always questioning whether I’ve received a facebook notification or an email. Alas, it was a facebook notification, an event invite to be specific, which I normally hate but that moment I hated even more. There it was: an invite to my 5-year high school reunion.

Now, I’ve known for some time that I am an “adult.” I’ve become almost 100% financially independent (thanks Mom for covering health insurance and my phone bill), I’m living far, far away from home, I have a college degree and I have a good job. I’m living on my own successfully, which should make me feel really grown up, but the truth is it was this invitation that really made me feel old.

As soon as I got it, I was transported back to a younger version of myself. A 15 year old girl eager to get to high school for one reason: my high school merged 2 middle school classes together meaning I would have a new pool of boys to crush on (but probably, no, definitely never talk to). High school was my world. I was convinced that if I was a nobody in high school, I simply wouldn’t be anyone, ever.  The biggest problem I knew was flunking an exam or breaking up with a boyfriend. I didn’t know who I was, or who I wanted to be. Funny how things change, huh?

If I could go back and tell that girl all the changes about to happen, or tell her what she’s become, I don’t think she’d quite believe me. Aspiring photographer? Dream on. Living in Florida? Nah. Didn’t marry her first love? Crazy. Sometimes it only takes one little thing to remind us all of how much we have grown. What mistakes we’ve made, and how we’ve become better people because of them. Choices we’ve made that have lead us to where we are now. Knowing that in another 5 years when I receive my 10-year high school reunion invite I’ll probably be looking back to this very moment from a completely different and exciting point in my life.

So here I stand. One silly Facebook event invitation that’s made me take a hard look at myself, and the woman I’ve become. I must say, I’m pretty damn proud.

What do you think lovely readers? How did you feel when you got your first high school reunion invite? Did you find yourself reflecting on how you’ve changed since high school? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and experiences!

12 thoughts on “The “I’m getting old” Revelation

  1. jennacwest

    Wow! I just realized that it has also been 5 years since I’ve been out of high school but no 5 year reunion yet. My ASB class president is lagging. But I totally agree, I have changed tremendously. If I would have told my high school self what like would be like as a 23- year- old, I wouldn’t have believed it, but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. I could not relate more to your post. The Romy and Michelle picture made my day too.

    Jenna

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Same with me, I wouldn’t change anything! I hadn’t noticed it had been 5 years either until I got the invite. Glad you could relate and thanks for the comment!

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  2. Gma max

    There comes a time when taking stock takes too long, especially when the invitation for your 50th comes :o). Gam Max

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Haha yes I have to admit I was a little surprised myself, I didn’t know we would have a 5 year. And I know, I know, I am still so young…but I feel very old when I compare who I am now against who I was then!

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  3. Maria

    I felt the same way last year when I attended my ten year reunion. When I got to the reunion though it was as if ten years hadn’t passed. However, I am reminded daily that I’m not 18 anymore 🙁 lol

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      I know…those were the days! Hard to believe I was 18 only 5 years ago yet I have become a totally different person. Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog so often and comment it, I really appreciate it! 🙂

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  4. creamyclothes

    I have been out of high school for 16 years and I wouldn’t change anything. Not where I am in life either, I wouldn’t go back in time for the world. I love the adventure and am so excited about the future. It is crazy and I am so grateful for all of those years since high school. I am glad you look at it the way you do. Be proud of the years you have “earned.”
    Creamy

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I too love the adventure…it always boggles my mind to think of how I got to where I am today and all of the decisions I’ve made that led me there. Can’t wait to check out your blog!

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  5. Danielleisms

    Girl, my 10-year is in a year!!!! I got that invite and was in shock! Speaking of, I met some guy yesterday who just graduated HS and it made me feel old. I know 27 isn’t old, but a 10yr reunion seems crazy!!!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      I know, sad that I’m already freaking out for my 5th! I know 23 is far from old also….but thinking back to high school sure makes me feel old. Good luck with your 10 year! 🙂

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