Attending a high school reunion is an interesting experience. It creates the odd feeling of being transported back in time, but as an older version of you, with many more life experiences under your belt. Although you and your classmates are somewhat strangers, the memories instantly reunite you.
Therefore, it naturally follows that at our reunions, many of us gravitate toward those we spent time with in school. We find ourselves sitting at tables together, just as we did all those years ago.
It reminds me of the movie, Mean Girls, a fairly well-known comedic depiction of high school cliques; both how they interact, and how the various groups are assigned labels such as ‘plastics’ and ‘jocks’. A “clique” is defined as, “a small, exclusive group of friends or associates.”
Additionally, the movie demonstrates how these cliques operate, and the effect that their mean-spirited behavior can have on others. For example, it exhibits the hurtful and derogatory name calling that is aimed not only at others, but within the groups as well. It displays the gradual loss of the students’ own personalities, in order to conform to the group.
At a young age, it is easy to abandon yourself, or not even know who you are to begin with. Consequently, the primary focus unfortunately becomes popularity at all costs, rather than the building of character.
However, as we mature, we ultimately realize that popularity is meaningless if our character and individuality has been lost in the process. Hopefully, we evolve and recognize that everyone is wonderful in their own way, and that life is not just about our own circle of friends or a popularity contest.
We are continuously evolving, and although the changes we make will not be acceptable to everyone all of the time, what matters most is that we remain true to ourselves.
Be true to yourself, and retain your individuality, even if your choices are not popular with everyone around you.