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Reuniting after all these years: It's good for your health!

I went to my high school reunion a couple of days ago. I won't tell you how many years, but let's just say it's more than most of you have been alive! Santa Monica High School (or Samohi for us Vikings) has a lot of history. It's the best that Southern California has to offer -- a couple blocks from the Pacific Ocean and the surf, abundant sunshine and famous alumni.

Since the exclusive little town of Malibu didn't have a high school, all the movie stars' kids would attend Samohi. Actors like Sean Penn, Charlie Sheen, and Emilio Estevez are a just a few of those who attended around the same time we did. Of course, the list is a lot longer, but the reunion wasn't about fame and fortune, but rather about memories.

So many memories of being on the swim team or the water polo team: memories of winning races and MVP awards that was such a big part of life back then. Memories of being the assistant manager of the girl's swim team. Imagine being a 17 year old senior (and the only boy on the bus) with all the girls of the swim team going to the meets! How did I get so lucky?! So many fond memories came back as we reunited with old friends.

I realize that sometimes high school reunions can be awkward at the very least for some and downright painful for others. Sometimes, people try to put on their best "face" and talk themselves up for one brief evening, before retreating back to their mundane lives. I've been to some of those too.

What was so refreshing about this reunion was that it didn't happen! Nobody talked about how much money they've made or how big their house was, or any other status. It did not matter if you had been married for all these years, divorced, single, or even widowed. It didn't matter what prestigious university you attended, or if you never graduated from college. It didn't matter if you had gained weight, lost your hair or still looked like a stud!

The only thing that did matter was the fondness of remembering a special time in our lives -- once connected, always connected! There were some people that hadn't crossed paths in decades and yet the same sweet embrace existed. It was almost like time stood still, as all the old feelings came rushing back. What was missing were all the insecurities we had in high school.

At this point in our lives, we've all just settled in the comfort that comes with getting older and hopefully a bit wiser. Most of us have realized how meaningful our relationships are and have made a vow to never again wait for the years to go by without reconnecting. In our case, we decided to make it a yearly summer reunion back in beautiful Santa Monica. Life's too short to wait another five or 10 years! So here's to fond memories, rekindled friendships and reawakened relationships. Make the most of them and you'll be thankful you did!

Now, when is the next UCLA reunion?!