3. A mommy
4. Owner of a horse ranch
Okay, so with the exception of the horse ranch (which, thankfully, it turns out is something I'd really prefer not to have after all), I was pretty spot on.
It's difficult to look back and imagine the person I was the day I graduated high school. I am both completely different, and perfectly the same in so many ways.
|The wall of seniors in Mr. Tonelli's room. (You kinda have to be a Columbine kid to get this one. As of three years ago, it's still there!) Can you spot me?|
A little wiser. A little less naiive. Definitely more seasoned. If you can believe it, I didn't even drink coffee until college, so clearly I've changed in some ways. But I'm also still me: driven, planner, a little OCD. Still pretty black and white when it comes to the things I believe are valuable, right and important.
But those are no longer the most important adjectives I would use to describe myself.
I had it right. Even at 18.
The most important adjectives are the ones I've already listed: Teacher, wife, mommy. These are the roles I treasure.
This weekend marks my ten year high school reunion. In six more months, I will have spent every one of those days over the last ten years with my husband.
Whatever anyone else says, I always felt like I dreamed big. Those adjectives I dreamed for myself always were the very best of who I was.