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What I've Learned in Thirty Years - -

Okay….My 30-Year reunion is upon me. As of this date it is exactly 3 weeks away. I'm starting to really panic now. I keep looking in the mirror and even I can't recognize myself anymore. Some of the people from the Class of `73 have posted either current or somewhat current pictures of themselves on the website in their profiles. And for that I thank you. So, if you don't put a current picture of yourself in your profile and then people don't recognize you …well, what can I say? You takes your chances.

I've been thinking about what I have learned over the last thirty years since high school and made a short list. Here goes:

  1. People DO change over the years. Some for the better and some for the worse.
  2. Sometimes it's not the fact that someone wronged you that makes you hold a grudge over the years. It is the fact that they refuse to admit they wronged you that you can't get over. At least that is the way it is for me.
  3. Time and distance is a great healer of wounds.
  4. Rarely does anything turn out the way you expect it to.
  5. You make your own happiness.
  6. If you think you can do all the physical things you did when you were young…forget it! You can't, no matter how good of a shape you have kept yourself in.
  7. Some friendships are everlasting and some relationships will never last.
  8. Some of the most unlikely people will do the most amazing things.
  9. Genetics are nearly impossible to overcome.
  10. The likelihood of you not getting something is directly proportional to how much you want it. This is where determination kicks in.
  11. If I had it to do all over again, I probably would do it all over again and make the same mistakes.
  12. No matter how different we all are, we are pretty much all alike.
  13. Kids rarely learn from their parents' mistakes. They have to make their own mistakes to learn.
  14. It's important to reconnect with your roots because that is what makes you who you are.
  15. If it makes you happy, do it. Happiness is in short supply and should not be squandered.

Well, that's all for this month. Coming next, the post-Reunion report.



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