Are you on MySpace? Or Facebook? Despite their reputations for being teenybopper meat markets, they have served me well in recent times. I've been able to reconnect with people I haven't seen in ages.
It's amazing how time flies. It's amazing how people change.
Law school and college classmates are no big deal. I graduated from law school in 2001. I graduated from college in 1998. It hasn't been that long. I knew these people in their young adulthood, when basic personalities had already long been formed.
But high school is different. Elementary school, too. Yes, elementary school! So very different. Reading the profiles of various faces from my past is incredibly interesting.
I didn't keep in touch with anyone from high school. I don't really have a good explanation why. I suppose I could chalk it up to moving across the country. After all, in the mid-'90s, the Internet wasn't anything like what it is now. Even cell phones were somewhat of a rarity.
However, I don't even think these are the reasons why I didn't maintain contact.
When I left for college, I was determined to reinvent myself. I wanted to leave high school behind. High school was awkward. I was awkward.
College made it really easy for me to shed my old skin and grow a new one. In college, everyone was a nerd. In fact, people were a hundred times nerdier than I was. And, all of a sudden, people thought I was funny. And, all of a sudden, people liked me. It was unlike anything I'd ever felt. It was...awesome.
Now on Facebook, I can see what became of my high school classmates -- the jocks, the cheerleaders, the orchestra kids, everyone.
Time is an equalizer, my friends.
It's funny that, with age, we become more similar. I'd always thought that differences would be magnified in adulthood. Not so. It's much easier relating to people now than it was then.
Maybe it's me. Maybe I've finally grown into myself. Maybe I've learned to be happy with who I am.
Maybe this is what it means to become an adult.