Today at brunch, I ran into one of my high school teachers and her partner, Burt. I mentioned that going to my 10-year high school reunion had raised some questions for me:
* At graduation, what were my hopes for the coming years? How close have I come to living out what I had envisioned, and how do I feel about that?
* In what ways did school help me get to where I am now? In what ways is it holding me back?
* How might I have turned out differently if I’d been able to do what I wanted in school instead of what was required of me?
Burt said that he’d attended his 35-year high school reunion this year, and he and his classmates had been having similar conversations. They’d been talking about how their education had shaped them, and what effects it was still having on them. It fascinates me that these questions are coming up not only 10 years after high school graduation, but 35 years after. It reminds me of how important it is to reflect on them throughout our lives, so they don’t occur to us for the first time at our 50th high school reunion, or our 70th.
How would you answer these questions yourself? Leave a comment.