This weekend is my 25th college reunion. Due to other obligations, I will not be going.
College seems like yesterday and it seems like a lifetime ago. Along those lines, I have mixed emotions about those four years.
It certainly would be interesting to go back. When speaking with a classmate recently, she said it will be great to get together with those who “knew us when.” That statement scares me a little. I’m not sure I want to be around people who knew me when. I’m not sure I want to be reminded of who I was then.
At the same time. I made some of the closest friends I could ever have. Several years ago my father died. After finding out the arrangements, one of my friends sent me the following text: See you tomorrow. The next day, there were Kevin and Eddie. A flight, a rental car, all to say sorry and head home again.
I can’t begin to fathom the influence those I knew 25 years ago have had on me. So, when it comes down to what I really learned in college, it would be these two things:
- Surround yourself with good people. They have more of an influence than you know at the time.
- Do your best to be a good person. You don’t know who you are influencing.