Tonight is my 25th high school reunion. And to even type that seems crazy. I remember high school as if it were yesterday. Which obviously it's not. And even stranger, my son is a high school freshmen. I can't say I feel old per se, but the realization that I'm not exactly young anymore hits me everyday.
The every growing deeper lines on my forehead, and sun spots on my face. That have occurred thanks to my own stupidity. When I was in my teens & early twenties I proudly and dumbly declared, "Never gonna happen to me" as I slathered Banana Boat oil with MINUS zero SPF all over my face and body. Yup...I so wish I hadn't been such a dumb ass. But at the time being 43 years-old seemed implausible.
I mean I know aging is apart of life and yes we can shoot Botox into our faces and lift the skin to make us appear younger. It doesn't change the fact that time keeps chugging along.
Though I'm active and work out everyday, my joints harshly remind me of my age. And I also noticed I can't seem to function as well with just a little sleep. I used to be able to stay up all night and be fine. Now a days I find myself tired and ready for bed earlier and earlier. Ahhh the reality!
Anyway, tonight I will see old friends as I head back into the time warp that was 1989. To which I have to say was an awesome time. MTV still showed videos all day and night, our hair was super big and we'd spend any money we had on hairspray. VCR's were still the go to device to record shows/movies, there was no internet, there wasn't a 24-hour cartoon network, nor cable On-Demand or Netflix (if you missed your fave shows and didn't record them, you were majorly screwed) and mobile phones were only used by the very wealthy.
But I absolutely loved that time in my life. Of course now that I'm older and hopefully wiser, the mistakes I made make me cringe. But even with that, I don't think I'd want to change it. I feel blessed that I got to experience the 80's as a kid then as a teenager. And finished off the decade with graduating high school. Great memories, that no matter what life has presented us since, I'll never forget them!
- Heather Carnassale aka the Delusional Novelist