So it would seem that 20 years ago I graduated high school. Wow, when did that happen! Since I won’t be attending any reunion events or anything, I figured maybe I should wax nostalgic and if anyone cared they could read about it.
So here is my senior picture side by side with a current picture:
I’m glad the giant eyeglasses went out of style
Of course, it’s hard to be nostalgic about a time you don’t miss. But I made some good friends, some of whom I still keep in touch with thanks to Facebook. I also was fortunate to have some truly excellent teachers, and they are who I miss not seeing at a reunion since I haven’t been in contact with them for many years now. In the event they read this or otherwise have the word passed on to them, I would like to thank all of my teachers, but especially: Roger Ahern, Brian Manske, Michael Shanley, Mark Weissman, and Clay Wollney. Those five all had a huge impact on my life in one way or another, so they deserve a special mention.
I think it is important to remember the past, but to be perfectly honest I am much happier with the present.
Do I miss doing theatre? Yes, but I am fortunate to speak, teach, and give presentations, which are like lots of mini-performances.
Do I miss singing with a group? Yes, but I sing and play guitar at my church.
Speaking of guitar, this is my favorite picture from high school, taken in my Junior year if I had to guess by my hair length.
So I guess I’m not really waxing nostalgic, am I? Why should I be? I’m happy in the now. I have a wonderful wife and three fantastic daughters. I have a great career and am involved in a church that suits my beliefs. Does that mean I don’t care about my high school or friends from then? No, not at all. I just don’t feel all, “I wish I could go back there” or anything.
I think I’ll close with three songs that in some way or another remind me of 1992/1993 senior year. I hope that my old teachers and classmates have found happiness and joy in their lives and I wish them all the best! If we haven’t already connected via social media, please feel free to contact me.