Reconnecting With Old Friends

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Whether it be for school, a job, or family,  people tend to go their separate ways no matter how close you were to them. The friends you met for coffee every week will no longer be there to sit down and talk to, but that doesn’t mean you have to part ways forever! With all the technology available today, it’s easy to send a message or check on people via social media.

I personally think of myself as more of an awkward person who over analyzes every message I send, so unfortunately I don’t get in contact with people as often as I should. It’s been harder now that I graduated college because most of my friends moved away to follow different opportunities. I have some friends who have tried to keep in touch while others I haven’t heard from as much.

Since I had to evacuate my apartment due to the hurricane, I have had plenty of free time away from work. I’ve finally had enough days off to visit my parents AND my friends. Last weekend, I spent a nice evening snacking on appetizers and then going to the movies to watch ‘A Simple Favor’ with one of my college friends that I haven’t seen in a year. It was really nice to reconnect and see how she was doing. I initiated the get together by sending her a message, and I’m so glad I did!

There’s a few other old friends who I would love to talk to, but I haven’t yet. Especially when I can see pieces of people’s life on social media without contacting them, I tend to neglect personally messaging them. I hate sending the first message as I don’t want to bother people, although honestly I feel like this is something that’s in my head. Hopefully I will gather enough courage to check on them, though, because a nice conversation is better than a liked photo.

My advice to anyone (and myself) would be this: if you want to send a message to someone, do it! You never know what events are happening in their life since you last talked. Who knows, you might even make their day! I know I’m always happy to hear from old friends. Especially if you’re visiting the area they moved to, it’s nice to check and see if they’re still in town to get together. It’s better to get turned down than to potentially miss a fun opportunity to hang out with the people you care about.

Do you keep in contact with friends who move away? Or do you tend to just follow their life on social media?

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