I returned recently from Florida where we went on vacation at DisneyWorld. During that time, the ten year annivesary of my high school graduation passed. That exact day, we went Hollywood Studios where we watched car stunts, the Indiana Jones show, and visited Muppets in 3D. Then we went to Epcot where we shopped in the World Showcase (Japan is awesome) and ate some quesadillas in Mexico. We went on some of the rides to learn more about imagination, the evolution of publishing, and how some plants can grow in sand!
I thought about my graduation from high school for a brief moment that day (I believe as we walked into France) and realized yet again how much my life has changed and that I am okay with it. The freedom of the day that I was having, and what I have done over the years, was more than the girl of eighteen ever imagined was ahead of her.
Reading the New York Times obit for Rue McClanahan, I found a quote that I will never forget that addresses part of my feelings on my reflection:
To Ms. McClanahan, “The Golden Girls” was special for allowing its women to be funny and many-sided, not stock figures, recognizing “that when people mature, they add layers,” as she told The New York Times in 1985.
“They don’t turn into other creatures,” she added. “The truth is, we all still have our child, our adolescent and our young woman living in us.”
Even at twenty-eight, I can agree with her since I feel those layers forming more and more. It is an exciting concept and I am not afraid of it. Why? Stories. What stories will I someday be able to tell? That is something to definitely to look forward to and that is what reunions are all about, isn't it?
I won't be attending my actual ten year reunion, but I think that I already experienced one with myself.