Recently I attended a school reunion, our first en masse reunion.
It’s a milestone year for us, some might say 10 years, some might say 20, but we know better.
School happened for us during an unenlightened period, our teachers were tired, we made our teachers even more tired, who knows if they saw some glimmer of hope in us but for the most part it was a dynamic and tumultuous time economically, politically, musically and artistically.
We were so lucky to be coming of age in 1986, the whole world just opened up to us in ways that had never been available to our parents, a form of social mobility suddenly became attainable, life felt dynamic, and for the first time we had a chance to define our futures rather than live out the life that had worn down our parents.
I think that we’ve aged remarkably well from the times I’ve bumped in to a handful of people in town, what with town being 98.6 miles from where I live now, there must have been something good in the water in 1986, some kind of elixir of the eternally youthful soul.
My family moved to The Shire in 2002, I followed my heart and stayed for the good schools and cheap housing so I didn’t get to keep in touch with people as one might have hoped and during that time a lot of things changed.
We changed from shy to whatever the heck this is nowadays.
We worked in the City of London in the 80’s – A-mazing!
We moved into the digital age.
We ushered in a new millennium.
We learned to drive and bought cars.
We became gainfully employed.
We may have started families, or we may have been wise and not done so!
We moved from nothing to dial up to broadband.
We all bought home computers, then laptops, then “devices”.
We weathered the storms of life.
We matured like a fine wine.
Now, we get to dance on table tops and celebrate that we know each other and it all worked out in the end.
We had no idea what we were doing back then, and probably very little has changed in that respect but it’s still dynamic and exciting and I am glad to have the opportunity to catch up with these good folks who were there during the formative years. Here’s to another 30.