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Monday, July 15, 2019

High School Reunions

I had the opportunity to attend my 50th high school reunion.  It was well-planned with a high attendance.  There were many of our class who were missed due to illness or death.  It was such a wonderful experience to meet as an adult with individuals I only knew as teenagers.  I survived high school, shy and insecure in my existence as a transplant from another state in my sophomore year. 

I was just an ordinary person who did not excel in sports, academics, attractiveness, confidence, social graces, or talent.  I was privileged to meet others who were on the same journey and we forged friendships that have survived the years intact. These friends have provided support and acceptance that made life full and bearable during difficult times. 

"Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered."  Wes Angelozzi

I appreciate the members of my high school who overlooked my ineptness and self-conscientiousness; who cared about finding out who I was underneath the quiet demeanor.  My alumni class took group pictures of all of the students who came to high school from various local grade schools. They also generously included a picture of the "transplant" students from out of state or non-local schools. 

We all need support and kindness to be able to survive in a difficult world.  Teens have a very tough journey going from children to adults.  High school is the crucial pathway in this developmental trek.  Friends, family, teachers, administrators, coaches, and fellow classmates make a difference to each other and provide the opportunity to help each person to utilize their gifts to their greatest capacity. High school students will become the leaders of the future. They can make a huge difference in the world as they empower all to achieve greatness.  We can bring hope, love, faith, acceptance, kindness, and encouragement to each other and whoever we encounter.

Thank you to my fellow classmates who took the time to encourage me in my life.  I hope that I helped others to realize that the world needs all of us and that we are all special. 

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