I’ve watched Admiral McRaven’s UT speech a dozen times, I’ve made the girls watch it and I have recommended it to others. I am a huge fan of commencement speeches. Some reflect thoughts on policy, others on the future, and some are just flat out inspirational. I use them as tools to remind me why I do what I do, to stay the course and push myself harder.
I now have a new inspirational video. But only in so far as it is a reminder of what I should have been doing for the last 25 years. Special thanks to Jim C for posting a link to our graduation video. HHS class of 1990, what a trip.
- It’s hard to remember a time when the obnoxiousness of our administrators calling out students as “learning disabled” and feigning praise on the top students, was acceptable
- nevraC windbreaker scholarship – I totally forgot about this one!
- Hair: Girls=big, guys=mullets… even under the cap
- MassHole Accents – OMG do you all still talk that way? Sure hope not
- Delivery of speeches – I remember being coached this way. Jerky. No flow. Awful.
- Naivety in the speeches, too funny. We were so young
- Danika D…so sad. Steve B…surreal to see him on film
Our 25th reunion just happened over the T-Day break. I went to Haley’s NHH&TA banquet and so I missed the festivities.
Thoughts on 25 years:
- So many goals not achieved
- Career = Spectacular failure
- Other massive failures
- I still can’t believe how fresh high school is in my mind
- So little of what I thought and predicted for myself, ever came to be. But instead I did numerous other things that I never thought would come to define who I am. Extremely special thanks to family and friends for pushing me into areas that were instinctively uncomfortable
- 43 used to seem so old to me, but I still feel pretty young and I’m in better shape now than 1990
- As I type this, I have a 16 year old soccer player, a 13 year old equestrian, I am the only one who really craves skiing anymore and Tailgating has become a way of life (to the dismay of many)
- Writing is my biggest talent and I read more than most of my peers… MoynaBitch and Fitzy would shit themselves
- They remade Point Break
- The first version of my current product idea came to me in an OM class in 1992. See “procrastination”
- I remember thinking that the Internet was stupid and Amazon was dumb for selling books
- I draw pictures for a living, and they are of computer systems instead of houses
- New cars are not that exciting to me anymore and I rarely opened the hood of any car I have bought in the past 15 years
I’m sure there are other oddities about the last 25 years that would utterly astonish the 18 year old version of me. I wonder how many of my classmates feel the same way. I wonder if any of us actually stuck to our plans circa 1990. Did Laurie, Jen, Mr. Wrenn or Dr. Fowler-Finn inspire anyone?