I never seem to remember how old I am. I know that I’m in my fifties, but unless I do the math, I kinda forget. I’ve always been a forward-thinking person, so the past is not as present in my mind, if you know what I mean. But with a 40th high school reunion coming up in a few months, Memory Lane is going to get a major reboot!
The reunion committee asked for a color copy of our senior portrait for a slideshow, so I had to go on a hunt. Where would that be? Boxed in the garage? Nope, checked everything there. In a forgotten box that’s on my office floor behind a chair? Yep, and the last place I looked!
While I was foraging for said senior pic, I found a handwriting analysis that I had ordered four years after high school. It was from Parade Magazine. Remember how that used to come as an insert in the Sunday newspaper?
It was actually fun to read “the report” after having not seen it for many years. A lot of life has been lived since then. I hope that I’ve at least been able to smooth out many of my rougher edges. (There was also a numerology profile, but I will save that for another time!)
Not sure what others who know me would think about all of this, but here’s my take on it:
It starts off by saying that I have good manners. I have always tried to be polite to people, and I’m the type who picks up something off of the floor at the store and puts it back where it belongs. Maybe these count?
It says that I have a great ability to cope, which I believe that I do, but that I tend to be discouraged and even show some signs of depression. Hmm… It would take a lot for me to get truly discouraged or depressed, but I would say that I can definitely get frustrated, fired up, angry, hurt, peeved, etc., before correcting whatever the situation may be. (Cursing may be involved, just so you know!)
It says that I have an intensity that makes me want to leap into the thick of things at all times, that I’m uneasy about observing and need to participate. Ha! Maybe in another lifetime! I’ve alway been the one sitting in the back of the room waiting until I have the measure of things before I choose to take part.
It says that I have an intuitive intelligence that permits me to solve problems, make decisions or follow a course of action with no apparent rational or logical grounds. In other words, yes, I follow my gut! And this section ended by saying that I am, in fact, guided by a subconscious logical process, which is the nicest thing that anyone could ever say to me!
The report goes on to say that I have respect for others (definitely, unless the person teaches me otherwise), that I manage to maintain my self-control (mostly), that I am an active, efficient, capable person (pretty much), and that my tendency for rebelliousness is 20% more than the average person (I have always marched to the beat of my own drum).
It’s definitely good to look back every so often instead of always ahead. Knowing how far you’ve come is a very important part of growing. This reunion is going to be good for me in more ways that one. I’ll just have to make sure that I don’t park myself in the back corner for too long!