Keep In Touch With Your Friends
22 Things: Number Three If you haven’t already, you should first read my post that went viral: 22 Things I wish I knew by 22. This post has by far been my favorite to write and my readers’ favorite to read, so I have decided to elaborate on each point of that post. Remember: feedback is always welcome and highly encouraged! So, read that post and come back, I’ll wait.
Appreciate your friends and keep in touch.
To be completely up-front, this topic is very close to my heart.As we get older, life gets increasingly more hectic; we start careers, families, and are trying to figure out a work/life balance. Sometimes, friendships can fall by the wayside. We fall in love, we move, we change; there are so many things that can cause us to lose touch with some of the people we care about most. As someone who grew up with a small family, my friends have become a part of my family. Relationships with anyone take a certain amount of effort, and it’s understandable that as our life evolves, our friendships will evolve as well. I strongly believe that friendships and personal connections are one of the most important things in this life, so it’s important to continue to nurture those friendships we have cultivated over the years.Life can be both challenging and rewarding, and who better than our friends to support us through struggles and celebrate our successes?
Something I’ve learned in my 27 years is that it’s easy to be caught up in your romantic relationships and put your friends on the back burner. For their sake, and yours, please don’t. When we were younger, our mothers used to say, “relationships come and go but friendships are forever.” There is more truth to that than I realized. I think some people view their friends as less important than their significant others. But when you can’t lean on your boyfriend or girlfriend, your friends are there to have your back. You might have an issue at work that your significant other doesn’t really understand, but your friends do. You might get into a fight with your partner and need someone to talk to. You might just need another perspective. Here’s the thing, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. You can be in a romantic relationship and still maintain your friendships. Is it a balancing act? Of course, but it’s something that if you master now you will appreciate it for years to come, and so will your friends.
We live in the digital age of Facebook and Instagram and are more connected than ever before. Use these platforms to your advantage. Don’t just ‘like’ people’s pictures and look at their statuses, reach out! Make time to schedule dates with your friends so you can catch up. Everyone’s lives get busy and it’s easy to lose touch with a friend, assuming that they will be there when you need them, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. So, be sure to take the time every once in awhile to shoot them a friendly “Hey how are you?” I am not always the best at keeping in touch either, so sometimes I even set a reminder on my phone when I think about someone, or I write it on my to do list!
Okay, so go message a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile!