I've noticed more recently how Facebook can play a major role in those feelings of relief. I'm Facebook friends with a lot of people from my high school. And I might come across a post that will make me sit back and shake my head. AND THANK MY LUCKY STARS that things worked out the way they did. I mean, what if that guy I had a crush on had asked me out? He's kind of a loser now, so it's hard to tell. This other guy that was pretty popular? Has no reservations about posting what a mess his life has become. At least he owns it.
I'm happy with the way things worked out for me. I like my life. It's easy to look back and question the decisions you made as a kid. I've always told myself that one thing I want to make sure I teach my kids is that high school is not the defining moment of your life. You probably won't marry the person you date (you shouldn't! But that's another post for another day). You might lose some friends. Chances are, you'll make new ones. While it might seem like the end of the world at the time, it's really not. And you will be okay. I wish someone had told me that. Might have made it a little easier.