Saturday night, as we walked through the doors of the restaurant to greet our former classmates, I had butterflies in my stomach. Going back in time is weird, it's nerve-wracking, and it made me feel very self-conscious.
However, within about 10 minutes of entering, all of my worries were gone. Seeing faces from my past all around me, reconnecting with people who I've spent hours and hours of my life with, and laughing about all of our shared experiences and memories was truly magical.
If you move away from home for college and never return, as I did, you're apt to drift away from some of the people that you grew up with, no matter how much you adore them. Although I didn't realize it until this past weekend, I miss this chapter of my life and the people who were a part of it. Walking into the reunion was like re-opening a door that has long been shut, and once opened, friendships and deep connections flooded back into my life.
Ten years later, people are older, they're more mature, and they may look slightly different, but at their core, they're still the people that I knew growing up. We still have a rich history that knits all of us together, no matter how long it's been since we've spoken, and we were able to fall right back into our old relationship patterns in no time at all.
The reunion was one of the funnest things that I've done in a while, and it was so worth the trip home. I stayed out later than I have in years (3:30am!), and was sad when it finally came to an end. Even if I don't talk to some of these people again for another 10 years, they will always have a very special place in my younger self's heart.
I hope that if you have any special reunions or chances to catch up with people from your past coming up soon, you'll consider going (do it!). I know it feels weird and can be awkward and scary, but opening that door can also be a really wonderful, really heart-warming experience :)
Now off to enjoy my last day in Atlanta with the fam...!