Old High School Friends

Last week an old high school friend “friended” me on Facebook.  I was excited!  It’s been 27 years since I graduated.  Wow.  I actually had to figure that out.  Time sure does fly.

I pretty much haven’t seen anyone since our 10 year reunion.  Last night I got an invitation on Facebook for a get together next week of members of our class who are “Friends” at a local bar.

At first I was quite excited.  But, as I think about it, it’s kind of intimidating. . . would I recognize anyone?  Would I know their names?  Did I do good enough in my life?  How do I look?

The get-together is a very informal thing – just a group getting together for the holidays to catch up.  I am privileged to have been invited.    I will not be attending to judge people and would absolutely bet they won’t be there to judge me.  And I am excited to see who might come, who has kids, and what they have done for so many years.

Do I have regrets? Yes.  I wish I had kept in touch with some of the people I knew so many years ago.  I did have some very good friends back then, but I stayed in my town while many of them traveled off to college.  I went to school locally and worked.  I became engaged.  It was a different life and I lost those old friendships.

Maybe this Facebook thing is a good thing afterall — how wonderful to have this new opportunity.  I look forward to meeting these NEW people and who they have become.

Authored by: Doreen Guma

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC 

Doreen holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Masters in Business and Policy Studies, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (a board certified healthcare executive), a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Life Coach.

Doreen is the founder of Time to Play, a place to find resources for a better life.  She came up with the Time to Play Philosophy that you have to be happy, healthy, have money and a work / life balance to have quality of life, and believes everyone has the right and the ability to enjoy life.

Doreen has worked in healthcare since 1987, 14 years in a hospital and since 2001 in skilled nursing facilities.  She has held positions in administration, as the Director of Quality Improvement, Risk Manager and Director of Medical Records.

In 2005 she and her husband opened D. James Marketing, a healthcare specific consulting firm which assists healthcare organizations with new program generation, quality improvement, staff and client satisfaction, event coordination, coordinating educational symposiums and more to help spread the message about the healthcare servics they provide. The primary goal of D. James Marketing is to educate the community about resources that are available so people may know where to seek help in the event of a health need or a health crisis with a focus on proactive prevention. 

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