First off I have to say hooray for the post just before this! I have been on a dry spell with my reading, so I am so glad to have these recommendations! I am so excited! Jen, you are the best!
And now to the topic on which I was thinking about before logging onto wordpress – new photos of old classmates.
A couple of weeks ago my high school class had it’s 5 year reunion. I toyed with the idea of going, but then realized that there was no way I was driving 16 hours round trip to see a bunch of people who only really tolerated me during that painful period we call high school. Ok, I’m exaggerating – I actually had a pretty good time in high school, but mainly due to my activities, a few girls in my graduating class, and a lot of other people not in my graduating class. I don’t think any of my “close” friends attended the reunion, so I don’t feel like I missed out really. But of course after the reunion, facebook was bound to get a flow of pictures from the event, so I made do with scanning over a few the next days after. It was interesting to see how people had either changed, or how much they had NOT changed. But this doesn’t really explain the title of this post, now does it?
Well, I like to think I am generally pretty nice, but every now and then I slip up and have a few mean moments. One of these moments came a few months back when I was sitting in the engineering computer lab and I got to talking with one of my old friends from high school (she graduated the year before I did). We were looking through a mutual friend’s photos when we came upon a photo of a certain person and could not help mocking this person. I’ll say it, over the past 6 years since Person (I will not identify, obviously!) has put on more than a few pounds, and just in general really let go of his/her self. Because in high school this person was cocky and overly confident, and we really didn’t like him/her we really had a good time making comments that were quite snide and mean, and we didn’t feel bad about it. I mean, if you came across a picture of someone who wasn’t the nicest to you in high school and you thought wow, has he/she really let go of themselves, could you resist taking a few jabs at them? I’m certainly not above it.
Well, it happened again – just a few minutes ago actually. I was perusing facebook when I came across a friend’s photo album from a certain event and I was browsing through the photos when I came across 2 people from high school. We were never friends, and pretty much they acted like I didn’t exist, or if they did acknowledge me, it was always to make me feel like I was below them. Regardless of this, I realize that that was quite a few years ago and people have changed – I know I have. So of course they could be much nicer people by now – in fact, a few of my friends from college are now friends with them and think they’re nice people, so maybe they really have changed for the better. But even so, after seeing their picture I just couldn’t help but drop my jaw at how much physical change had happened to them. Well, not so much one of them, but really more so for one particular person.
So in conclusion, I feel really mean, but at the same time I feel an eensy weensy bit justified for all the times they tried to make me or someone else feel bad. What would/do you guys do in this situation?
P.S. Just because I’m talking about pictures, I’ll include some of myself so you can see how I’ve changed over the years. Beware though – I only have pictures from just a few years back – my computer’s not what we’d call ancient and I’m notorious for not collecting photos of myself.
I never said I wasn’t a nerd.
And of course most recently, the wedding shot (psst, I’m the one in the white)