I recently visited a high school for the first time in years. At first it was pleasant, the staff wonderfully cheerful, the halls quiet, and the posters decorating them all upbeat…then classes let out. Students streamed past me in a flood of spiky haircuts, frayed jeans, and various cologne choices, while I resisted the urge to press myself up against a wall and hyperventilate. Are they all taking growth hormones? Or am I shrinking?
Without consciously meaning to, I regressed to my high school self ducking and dodging between students, calling a half hearted excuse me over my shoulder when I felt it necessary. I emerged from the crowd slightly out of breath, palms sweaty, heart pounding but triumphant. Oh yeah, I still got it.
I survived high school by following these simple rules.
1) Look people in the eye…preferably with one eyebrow raised in sarcasm.
2) Show no fear.
3) Always appear to know where you are going, even if you don’t.
4) Never eat anything smothered in chili.
Some things never change.