So what does this 15 year reunion mean to me? What has happened in the last 5 years since I've seen a lot of these people? Some I'm seeing for the first time in 15 years. A few are gone and I'll never see them again while on this earth.
Fifteen years ago, I thought that I would be married to my high school boyfriend, have a few kids, and be working as a physical therapist. My how college and real life changes things!! I know I started to gain weight during my junior year of high school. Lots of different things were going on and just making a lot of bad choices.
Five years ago was our last reunion. I was a newlywed. My husband and I had a decent time at the reunion, aside from the unwelcome comment of "are you pregnant?" that I got, while I was drinking a beer. (Yes, people need to learn tact. And I can't even blame the small town closemindedness in this case.) I was overweight at that point, and probably had being healthy in the back of my mind. I now have 2 kids, a career that I can feel passionate about (at the right moments). I feel I have a lot more stability in my life.
And my life today.... I wouldn't change a thing. I have a wonderful husband, beautiful kids, a great family and friends... I've been running 3 miles on my workouts to get ready for a 10K. When I started out on my healthiness journey, I had no idea that I'd have the desire to run a 10K. Or even be able to run a race a month. And I'm running the distance of a race with no problem. I may not be the fastest, but I finish.
One of my favorite quotes lately is:
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending ~ Maria RobinsonThis is how I've been living my life. Where I was at 15 years ago, it's shaped me, but it's definitely not who I am today. I look forward to chatting with some old friends and sharing some memories. A few drinks, lots of laughs, making new memories. I don't have ripped abs, but I don't think I look pregnant. I'm not one to be living in the past. And who knows where I'll be at in another 5 years? I am hoping to be healthier and thinner. I hope I've run a half marathon with some of my closest friends. I hope I have continue to have healthy children. I hope to see some of the same people at our 20th reunion (I think I do anyway!) And I hope I keep looking forward.