I noticed a banner for classmates.com this morning while checking email. Decided to head over and take a look. I had never been before and was a little curious at what I may find. After I had logged in, I was prompted with a message that one of my classmates was organizing our ten year reunion for 2007. Had it been that long already? Then I started thinking about how much I’ve changed in those ten years. I dug out my senior yearbook. My priorities were so different then. Hair, make-up, clothes. Where I fell on the popularity scale. I was going to get out of rural Maine and find myself in New York or Boston. Live in a hip studio apartment, all my own. I was going to be involved in the fashion industry and work my way up to the top. Marriage & children were not for me. I wanted to focus all of my energy on career and an ample social life.
Then while in college, I met David. He changed everything. I suddenly yearned for marriage, a house in the country and children. And that is where I find myself today. Do I ever wish I had gotten the opportunity to live out those teenage aspirations? Sometimes. But I know I’m far happier now than I ever would have been in that type of environment. Listening to the birds and the breeze rustle through the trees makes me happy and feel connected to the Earth. Quiet evenings at home reenergize me. Seeing the smiles upon my children’s faces feeds my soul. And of course there’s David. Having the opportunity to share every aspect of my life with someone I adore so much is just about as good as it gets. Without all this I would be empty, incomplete. Something I know now, that I didn’t know then.
I’m looking forward to my ten year reunion. It will be so interesting to see what all of my friends have done with their lives. What careers they have chosen, who they married, how many children they have, how much they’ve changed. It will definitely be a trip down memory lane. And a reminder of how far I've come.