The fear of attending reunions is innate in our nature. This is inevitable for people; it gives us the notion that we did not achieve enough for us to show up confidently. God forbid people judging you by the amount of success in your career path.
The whole purpose of reunions, are to reunite, to get together for a purpose; to share stories of important life events, such as getting married and starting a family. Your batch mates and professors are one of the most important people in your lives because they are one of the reasons why you still stand tall. They were the ones who helped mold you into the person you are now. They were there for you in times that you needed someone to support you in your decisions. Reunions are for treasuring moments with people who have made a big impact in your life. Remembering highlights of your time spent together.
Recollecting the times when you and your classmates were having fun in making projects, procrastinating, thesis reports, movies, business presentations and even assignments at times. Despite the difficulties still you manage to enjoy each other’s company and depict a sense of togetherness and teamwork.
It is most special to pace back to those memories unforgotten, you develop a bond together “all for one, one for all”. In this world we’re living in, we cannot avoid being ashamed of our failures; it is simply part of human nature to be afraid of what other people might say about us. But mistakes are the reasons why we learn and why we become stronger the second time around. Reunions are events in our lives that can contribute new wisdom, because through this we take other peoples experiences from their stories and apply it in our lives. It is somehow like a seminar where you are able to acquire love, care, and respect from people. It is like stepping into a time machine and going back to your college years, yet this time around you have a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Organizing these types of events is not easy, other people wouldn’t even comply because of busy schedules and a general lack of time. But the smiles, the laughter’s and happiness it gives people who participate, is simply priceless. After going to reunions it is also in human nature to have sudden realizations. You just paced back in life, therefore you appreciate and in some way it makes you better, and it enforces change in you. You realize that they are not ordinary people but family, people whom you can trust, people who will still clap their hands and offer you a warm embrace. After all, your peers and professors in college were in a sense your surrogate family. Time apart cannot break that.
After graduating college you all naturally go your own way and find your own calling. A person spreads their wings and finds a job to finally start a career. That’s the way of life or to put it bluntly, that’s how reality goes. Reunions provide people with a chance to rekindle relationships. Going to reunions might be nerve racking and angst inducing to say the least. And normally that’s just the way it goes. The pressure is on. But do consider that you are not alone in feeling this way. Looking down and belittling your peers is not good for anyone's health or conscience.
Go and attend the event and socialize with the people who made a significant difference in your life. No matter where life takes us. No matter how far we have come in life, still we must consider our peers and of course our professors who helped mold us to be the person we are today. The people who made us believe in ourselves. Whether, you are an English Teacher in Korea or a wife of an Architect in Dubai. You have a piece of your batch mates in your heart, and in your character. People nowadays tend to be busy or even forget to go back to where they have started. But not with the batch that I belong to, wherever we are, whatever we achieved, we always stand ground with the values and principles instilled in us; and on our mind is our 21st Anniversary Theme “We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” by Tim McGraw.
Article written by: CJC
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