I realized my five year high school reunion will/would be this year as I was looking through Facebook at people I was friends with then. It made me anxious. It's interesting to think about how much has changed in those five years- how much I'm different, how much I have always been the person I am. I credit most of that to going away to Nebraska for college. Many of the values I grew up with didn't change when I went to college, unlike some of my friends, and I am thankful for that. In this way I think I am a lot the same girl I was five or more years ago. My thought processes, my habits, recognizing my own will and making my own decisions, though, were things I never really considered when I lived under my parents' roof. I am grateful my parents both gave me the opportunity and forced me to be their child for as long as they did. Because of their strict guidance I have seen myself grow and change in ways that I might not recognize had they not been so authoritative.
That said, I don't know if I'll ever go to a high school reunion.