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The Reunion: WHY IS IT NECESSARY?

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Zee Karim

I'm 27 with an open-mind for opinions and strangers. I love everything about words, you can find me curled up with a good book any day and believe it or not I can read and listen at the same time..its called TALENT!

Ten years ago I graduated from high school with not a plan in motion. No going away to school, no plans to go to city college, no backpacking in Europe and not to many friends to lean on. I was 17 with nowhere to go except to my room in my mom's house. That summer was a hard one, I didn't hang out like a "normal" teenage or go out at all for that matter. I was preoccupied with watching TV and annoying my siblings with my lack of joy.

Eventually I came out of that slump and realized that I needed to get a move on with my life. I got a part time job and enrolled in school, I was doing better than I hoped. I remember taking really good care of myself at that time, eating right, exercising and building great relationships.

Somewhere around 2004 I lost my joy and my virginity, one lead to the other. Since that time I have been trying to regain as much joy in my life as possible. I have regained a small margin of it but I would like more. This year my high school classmates, of which I only talk to on facebook, are reconvening for the clich├ęd  ten year reunion. This event is causing me to slip back into a place of doubt and self-consciousness and I DO NOT like it.

While initially I was very excited about going, just recently I have questioned why at all it is necessary to do. For one weekend we will come together to reminisce, laugh and re-connect. But what are we really looking to do? Re-kindle old flames? Flaunt our perfectly shaped adult bodies in front of those who teased us about being bigger or smaller than they were? Sit around scowling at all those we secretly hated for ten years?  

 Yes, I am a sourpuss at times but its warranted when I think about my high school years. or when I try not to. Are reunions really necessary? or Am I just being a spoiled brat that wants nothing to tamper with my emotions?

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Leah Sallen said:

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I hear ya! I have a reunion in a couple of weeks and the thought of it is making me feel the need to rush out and buy a few cases of Pepto Bismol. Good luck hanging out with all your "friends" you miss so dearly! :)

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