*This is a contributed post.
Ah life, it just keeps on going. We carry on moving forward, forward, forward, and then it’s only when we look back that we realise how far we’ve come. While it’s important that we carry on doing the things that’ll push us toward becoming the best version of ourselves, it’s also important that we don’t forget the people who we’ve met and known along the way. We may have moved on to things that were bigger and better for us, but that doesn’t mean that the people in our past weren’t important figures in our journey. They were, and we should celebrate that! Below, we take a look at a few simple ways you can stay in touch with the friends of your childhood.
The Holiday Period
Everyone goes their own way sooner or later. Indeed, in this day and age, people are not only unlikely to live in the same in which they were born; they might not even live in the same country. So it’s just a matter of logistics that keep us apart. But thankfully, there is one occasion that brings everyone together: Christmas. People travel back from all corners of the world to spend the festive period with their loved ones, and since they’re around for more than one night, there’s an excellent opportunity to get everyone together in a pub for a few drinks. Perfect!
Keep Their Details
Do you ever think something along the lines of: ‘ah, I wonder what happened to [x], I haven’t spoken to her in so long.’ But here’s the thing: in this day and age, it’s always possible to stay in touch! Everyone’s got a phone, so even if they live on the other side of the world, you can stay in touch. But only if you have their details. Take a moment to learn how to sync contacts from iPhone to Mac, so that if you lose your phone, you still have their phone number right there. But don’t just keep their phone number for information’s sake — give them a call from time to time. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. If you see something that reminds you of them, then snap a shot and send it through. Just because you may not be as close as you once were, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a connection.
Remember the Big Moments
As we said earlier, everyone’s out there doing their thing, and hopefully they’re doing it well. While you can’t always be by their side on their journey towards the top, you can be there for them when they make it. You can do this by sending a message or gift of congratulations, or making sure you’re taking them up on their invitations to events such as their wedding or important birthday celebrations.
Make an Effort
Ultimately, remember that relationships don’t run on autopilot — when it comes to your old friends, a little bit of effort will go a long way. Pick up the phone, and stay in touch.