Purging your old belongings? Before you throw that high school yearbook in the discard pile, think again! Here are four fun reasons why it’s smart to hold onto that artifact of your past.
1) You Can Support Wild Stories with Photographic Evidence
You say Michael Douglas’ cousin’s ex-girlfriend sat next to you in 11th grade Trigonometry? Don’t just boast and brag; put some substance behind those tales by showing your friends her yearbook class picture!
This also goes for claims about that beautiful girl you dated for one summer, the fact that you once owned — and played — a tuba, and proof that your alma mater won the 1981 state soccer championships.
2) You Can Prove That You Once Looked Great
Your kids or family members sometimes pinch your “cute” love handles or rub your balding head as if you were a lucky Buddha. “I wasn’t always like this,” you say wistfully. Pull out your musty old yearbook from your bookshelf and give loved ones a glimpse of your former glory.
“Wow, Dad, you were so thin,” your son exclaims. “Oh my gosh,” your niece gushes. “You were actually pretty!” You stand by and beam with recognition and pride. Ah, the good old days…
3) Yearbooks Can Help Aid Your (Sometimes) Failing Memory
You are in the middle of telling your husband a story about that kooky health teacher who used to suffer from narcolepsy, when all of a sudden — whoops! You seem to have forgotten her name.
Rather than get yourself into a tizzy about the possibility that you’re suffering from early-onset dementia, just page through your trusty volume of memories for a quick reminder.
4) Recently Laid Off? Mine Some Alma Mater Connections
Economically speaking, times are tough. As such, it stands to reason that many people might end up out of a job due to layoffs. If you are one of the unlucky thousands who have found themselves suddenly unemployed, your yearbook can serve you much better as a networking tool than cheap fuel to keep you warm after the utility company cuts your service. (Just kidding!)
You can create a professional profile on a job networking website and use your yearbook to add contacts that you knew in your high school years. You never know who might have a career opportunity to extend, or whether an old friend might have connections at a company for which you’ve always wanted to work.
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