Monday, September 10, 2012

School Ties

Social media has made the world smaller and infinitely more mundane or interesting, depending on how you look at it. I have made friends through social media, found out more about IRL friends than I have ever wanted to know and have reconnected with old school mates that I otherwise would have maybe only seen at a high school reunion. They all have their good and bad involved, but the last one has been the most surprising in it's outcome.

In high schools the friends you have seem like the only friends you will ever have at the time. You share all the secrets through some of the most awkward and stupid times of your life (not counting when you can legally drink, those friends know better than to share those pictures). You spend nights during sleep overs imagining who you will marry, what your career will pursue and definitely what you think your life will be like when you are old (like really old, you know like 30). Well I have passed 30 and still keep in touch with some of my friends from high school, but what surprises me most is how people change. I mean sure we all change and let's be honest I have no desire to be my 16 year old self as a 35 year old woman, I am way over Morrissey by now anyway. I mean more on the if I didn't know this person as a kid I would never be friends with them because we have nothing in common outside of ridiculous run on sentences, kind of way. It's not a bad thing, but I wonder what happened to the person I knew and who felt passionately about the big issues of the early 90's that bonded us together so tightly, to go so totally in the opposite direction? This is not about you, because if you are reading this than I am pretty sure that you are not the ones of whom I type about, but I still wonder. We are now closer to 20 years away than I care to accept (because of course I am still 27 in my head), yet I feel as if we are worlds apart in many ways. Yet the school ties still bind. You are still my friend. We took an oath and I do take that seriously 20 years and counting even if we are worlds, states, and thoughts apart.

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