It was recently brought to my attention that the 10-year anniversary of my high school graduation is coming up. And although I got rid of my yearbooks a couple of years ago after doing some decluttering, someone added me to a possible reunion Facebook group where people posted pictures from the good old days.
It kind of saddened me to see that I hardly showed up in any of the pictures. There’s one of me and some old classmates on graduation day. And another picture of a former classmate and I in the courtyard of the school during lunch. Not seeing my face in any pictures (other than the two I mentioned) kind of made me feel like I should have been more involved in high school activities. But the truth is, I wasn’t really into high school. Most days, I didn’t want to show up but did because that’s what was required of me. For one year, I was a part of two activities – the school’s annual creative magazine and the bowling team (yes, there was a bowling team and I was on it). I had a few close friends, but perhaps I would have had a bigger circle if I participated in more activities.
At the end of our senior year, we were asked to write our predictions for 2016. Sure, at the age of 17/18 what the hell do we really know? But perhaps there’s still some truth to these predictions. In the Facebook group, someone posted our predictions and I had a chance to see where it was I thought I’d be by now – in the year 2016.
While most people had predictions about marriage and babies, my predictions were revolved around writing and traveling. I guess much hasn’t changed because anytime I make predictions, these two things show up. I still have a lot of writing to do. And I still have a lot of traveling to do. But I wouldn’t say that I necessarily failed. I just did things differently than how I pictured them in my head.
My predictions also stated that I would be riding my horse to work and appear on Oprah many times. Well, 2016 isn’t over yet. Anything is possible.