By definition, a reunion is “the state of being united again” or “a gathering of relatives, friends, or peers of an association at regular intervals or after separation.”
Reunions often happen with families where members come from various places to a selected resort, for instance, to fraternize, know each other, exchange episodes of their lives, bring emotions to surface, and honor relatives that are no longer among us.
I also attended one with my colleagues from the University after ten years of graduation. Funny and sad stories were told around plenty of food and beverages for the sake of the commemoration.
Interesting is how many personalities we can find in these reunions even though we all belong to the same “fraternity.” Interesting how our concepts about this or that person could be stereotyped and crystallized by years of absence and lack of contact.
People that we thought were beautiful and handsome, no longer present the same physical freshness.
People that we thought were fine to hang out with, now present strange ideas and concepts that either we never realized were there before or were modified by the time and circumstances of life.
Finally, people that we never paid attention or were not part of our former inner circles now show up as surprisingly necessary, not only concerning popularity or fame but also because they are capable of telling friendly episodes about us or telling how they respected us for this or that reason.
The moral of the story is that nobody stays the same no matter how we claim that our values were written in stone, no matter we try to keep our bodies in shape, no matter how many times we look back in time and repeat the same actions. The simple fact of wearing clothes for the time being, already indicates that we have changed. The simple fact of commemorating birthdays after birthdays, shows we have changed. The simple fact of reading or listening to a new word, indicates we have changed…
If we always change and there is nothing to stop us from changing, then why fighting age and keeping things as they were years ago? Let us move on and face every single new day as a new challenge and renovation in our lives! Let us leave the past with the dead and let us live with present ourselves.
By the way, the picture above seems to represent precisely the idea of a reunion because peers of the same “congregation” get anxiously reunited in this cozy café in Bordeaux, France.
Enjoy the gathering that shows the change!