Just received an invitation to my 35th high school reunion. At the same time the movie Grosse Point Blank just came on HBO. The movie revolves around John Cusack’s character going back to his high school reunion (10-year), while resolving some personal issues. There is more to the movie than that, but the point is some of the awkward moments he experiences in the movie would be very similar to the ones any person going back to their home town would face.
How do you relate to people you kind of knew 35 years ago and who have had totally different experiences? Some of them never left the small town where I graduated. That fact simply amazes me considering how big the world is and how much there is to see and experience. Not that there is anything wrong with staying in one place – it was never my path – and not the path of my fellow authors judging by our lives to date.
The point of this post is think about where you might be 35 years from now – or 30 years from now – and think about what you want to be able to say about the passage of time. What did you do? Where did you go? What did you accomplish? I don’t know if I’ll go to my reunion – but I do know one thing, 35 years comes faster than you think.