Why the 40th ?

Think You Have High School Reunion Jitters?

Anyone who has been to a class reunion knows there is a certain amount of anxiety associated with attending a reunion.  As the event approaches your mind become flooded with thoughts.  Will there be anyone there I know?  What if my old boyfriend or girlfriend is there? What if nobody remembers me? What if I don't recognize classmates or remember their names? What if I see someone I didn't get along with in school?  I've put on weight. I've gone gray. I'm not that successful.

Relax!  You are not alone in these thoughts.  Everyone else is having the same exact thoughts and jitters.  Don't let these thoughts get in the way of attending your class reunion !

Bottom line is we have all changed.  So what?  You're not 17 anymore.  The laws of gravity and time catch up with all of us eventually.  Changes are an inevitable fact of life.  Accept yourself for who you are, be yourself, and celebrate life's changes.  Relax and have a good time.  Letting such negative thoughts impact your decision to attend may result in you missing out on a wonderful time.

Focus instead on the positive aspects of attending.  This is an opportunity to go out and have some fun once every 20 or 40 years, to renew old friendships, catch up on each other's lives, to celebrate your youth again and feel young again (if only for a moment)... to reminisce about the good old days , to share time with old friends while we are still able able to , and to celebrate our changes.  You will quickly find that people are not there to judge you, but are there for the same reasons you are... to have a great time and touch their past.  It can be a wonderfully rejuvenating experience.  When it is over we can take comfort in the fact that we have all gone down different paths in life, but that we all still share a common bond and enjoy a good party.

Here are some tips to help you relax:

*Be yourself and be proud of who you are

*Remember that everyone will have changed... you are not alone

*Dress comfortably and go with the attitude of having fun

*Remember it is OK not to remember one....memories fade... that is why name tags were invented !


40 Reasons To Attend Your 40th Reunion

1. Because you still can ! ( Life is short and each day and milestone should be celebrated)

2.Because you are never too cool for your high school friends ( and you'll be missed if you don't show up)

3. Your family is tired of hearing your stories and you want to relive them with someone who really cares

4. Who else is going to fill in the blanks for your slipping memory?  ( thank goodness for name tags )

5.You have always wondered what happened to........

6. You can share a drink with friends without having to sneak into bars

7.Because you think you still have a crush on......

8. If you don't show up, everyone will assume you have no hair ( no one really cares... they just want to see you )

9.You know you really want to ( and it just might be fun !)

10. Hey.... who cares if we don't fit into our old bellbottoms....we are still huggable !

11.Network! Network! Network!....you'll be surprised how many coincidences there are in life !

12.  Because you are still upset that you were only voted runner-up for something ( we really can't remember! )

13. To enjoy an evening out without the kids or grandkids (  and don't worry, you might even be home before the news comes on )

14. Although we all took different life paths, we took a little of each other everywhere we went... follow the path back to old friends

15. To show off your pictures ( kids, grandkids, vacations, pets, hot dates..... )

16. There is really nothing like an "old" old friend

17.To renew old friendships and make new ones

18. To get the latest gossip.... as well as we can remember

19.  Because if you don't show up, you might be the topic of that gossip ( if anyone can remember)

20. To see and be seen.... it is fun to "people watch"

21. To see if that old crush is still as you remember... or as you thought you remember

22. Because the more things change,the more they stay the same....and the fun is trying to figure out the difference

23. Because you are CURIOUS and you HAVE to find out what everyone has been doing for the last 40 years

24. Did we mention it would be lots of FUN?

25. You KNOW you really love reunions !

26.You have nothing better to do... sitting or napping on the couch doesn't count!

27. Because you "want to go where everyone knows your name".... even if they can't remember

28. To talk about the "good 'ole days"... when we were "young", carefree and life was so simple

29. You will laugh, cry , and reminisce with some of your "oldest" friends

30.We are going to play music you remember, understand , and can even dance to !!

31. Even if you didn't like school, we bet you'll find something to laugh about after all these years

32. You don't have to lie about your age there ( well, you can try, but some will catch on...)

33. Classmates know all about you, but like you anyway

34. Because you know you REALLY want to

35. It gives you a chance to humor the ones who tried to plan these things.....deluded die-hards who think they are making a difference

36. Because some of us want an excuse to go back "HOME"... even for a weekend

37.Because we really want to see you !!  And who knows when we might have another reunion?

38.Because studies show that those who initially were hesitant about attending their reunion, discover it was an event they wouldn't have wanted to miss

39. Because rekindled friendships often burn more brightly


40.  You'll feel younger than everyone else looks !!!

LIFE Happens..... Get up,  Get dressed, and Show up.....

Betcha you'll be glad you did !!!  (and so will everyone else !!)