Thursday, 26 October 2017

Reunions – A Chance to Express Pride

A year ago, I attended a reunion of my year 12 class.

Most of us had not seen each other since the last day of year 12 or to put it another way, 40 years.

As much as I was looking forward to it, I was also a little anxious about so many people who shared a period of extraordinary personal growth, coming together after so many years.

The night was extraordinary, and in so many ways, we picked up exactly where we left off 40 years before.

More exciting is the new friendships have been formed.

I am on the eve of attending another reunion and have a similar feeing of excitement and anxiety.

Tomorrow is a reunion of the Melbourne Office of the Commercial Bank of Australia.

As far as I can discern, all those attending starting their working career at the Commercial Bank of Australia, or the original CBA.

The bank merged with The Bank of New South Wales to form Westpac during the early 1980’s. Many of us will be together for the first time in 35 years.

After our secondary school years, the time spent in our first real, full time role is arguably the next most influential in our development and progress to responsible adulthood.

We also become exposed to new role models, for better or worse.

A reunion can be a time for former friends to reconnect and stay connected. It can be a time for new friendships to form. It can be a time for “Loves of our past” to come together again and laugh, even if such loves were not expressed at the time.

What I learned from the School reunion is to have an open mind, relax, embrace and enjoy.

One common theme has already become obvious during the chit chat on the now obligatory Facebook Page. We all hold much affection for our former employer and have great pride in having worked there.

To my former Commercial Bank of Australia colleagues, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.




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