We all dread the high school reunion – well the first one at least, the ten year reunion – because it’s a time when your high school friends from your formative years all gather together to sip some tepid sparkling wine out of some plastic glasses and all shuffle around to nervously size each other up. Old emotions come flooding back and depending on how much you’ve since secretly admired your former classmates on Facebook, you might be in for a few surprises!
Regardless, you have one goal and one goal alone at your high school reunion: to look as good as possible and to sound as awesome as possible. Ever seen the movie Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion? Yeah it’s kinda like that. You really need to hype up the wins and downplay the losses.
Here are a few things you want to do to make the best impression that will last until the next reunion!
Step One: Get A New Outfit
And a haircut, preferably. You might think your every-day clothes will suit the reunion crowd but trust me, everyone else is going to be making sure they are dressed to thrill. Make sure you don’t under or overdress – you don’t want to be the object of everyone’s stares (again?!?!). Whatever you do – don’t wear a tux or prom dress!
Step Two: Pimp Up Your Online Profile
This one requires a little bit of forward planning, but with a little ingenuity you can ensure your school mates will be impressed with your social media profile. If you don’t own a boat – hire one! Pimp it out with boat accessories and then pose like you own it! Get some of your friends – hell, get all of them – and hold a huge party. Take a LOT of pictures, and make sure they all end up flooding the Internet with selfies. You want to look as popular as possible.
Step Three: Get Yourself A Kick-Ass Date
OK, we’re not talking about hiring an escort, but if that’s your thing then that’s your call. If you’re not married or don’t have a significant other in your life right now, then consider enlisting the help of one of your awesome mates who you can trust to big-note you all night. Your ultimate wingman/woman is going to be a great asset you can trust to not only sing your praises but to tell everyone about how awesome you are, how you volunteer helping orphans in war torn countries, rescue kittens etc. LOL
Step Four: Don’t Get Drunk And Ruin The Illusion
You need to come across as cool and calm, not as the frantic and alcohol sozzled party animal you might usually be at parties. Just because the booze is free does not give you carte blanche to plough into the chardonnay like you were aboard Snoop’s yacht. Have some decorum, this hangover will last another decade!
Just be your authentic self and let bygones be bygones.
It might be scary, but being true to yourself might finally liberate you from the prison of your past. Empowering you to be the person you wished back then you could be and are today.
If you are not happy with who you are, have become, consider some self-awareness and get yourself back on track. High school was a long time ago – you are not that person. Take this opportunity to assert your new self and see what happens. You might find new friends, rekindle a long-lost romance or “kiss and make up” with an old flame.
Whatever you do, make it count – there won’t be another reunion for years to come and many won’t be at the next one. This is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…