Things I Learned In Big Bear


Here is a list of a few things I learned over the weekend when I took a trip up to the mountains of Southern California.

  • High altitude affects a lot of things. Including runny noses.
  • If you’re out of college but still broke, you still eat like you’re on a college budget.
  • People will make fun of you if you order herbal tea at Denny’s.
  • “Say My Name” is a very hard karaoke song.
  • On the contrary, “Shake Ya Tail Feather” is a giant crowd pleaser.
  • No one should EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES sing Evanescence as a karaoke song.
  • Scattergories is a very good game to play with friends. However if you choose to play while intoxicated, discussions over answers can and will get heated very quickly.
  • It is always good to dance like an idiot to oldies. Always.

I went to Big Bear with a group of people who, for the most part, all went to high school together. While none of these people went to my high school, it triggered a lot of different emotions for me that I haven’t deciphered in quite a while. I got to thinking about a lot of people I went to high school with. Old best friends, old friends, old acquaintances, old classmates, old sports team members, just a lot of people from the past in general. I started wondering where they are, what they might be up to, if they ever left home, if they still live with their parents, if they amounted to anything, if they fell right into what everyone thought they would fall into, do they care enough to try and make something of their lives?

The honest answer for most of that is…….I have no idea. I don’t know if I’ll ever find out either because I keep in touch with approximately three people from high school. Every once in a while someone will pop out of the woodwork but for the most part, my ties have been cut for one reason or another. People change, people grow up (hopefully) and priorities change.

I don’t like looking back on the past much, especially high school. I was a very different person four and a half years ago and I’d like to think I’ve grown quite a bit since then. I have a much stronger sense of who I was, who I am and who I want to be. I like to think of it as looking forward more so than completely letting go of the past, because in reality you can’t ever let go of the past. Whether you completely despise it or not, your past led you to this exact moment where you are today. Without all of those small moments piling on top of each other, you wouldn’t have this moment right now. The chain of reactions that has happened, happened because of choices and timing. Hopefully my choices have been decent. And someone out in the universe is looking out for me because my timing on things in the past five years has been pretty damn good. Thank you whoever you are, I appreciate it.

Big Bear

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