Old Friends

Old Friends

Being an Army brat, I moved … a lot. I later married a corporate guy who (go figure)… moved … a lot.

I often remind him that he’s lucky I’m his wife – grin. Seriously though, I’ve met plenty of women who have been born and raised in the town they live in. They would never have agreed to move away from family so their husband could take a job transfer. I have no qualms about packing up and moving.

One of the downfalls of moving so often is that you have a tendency to lose touch with friends that you had growing up.
I have to admit, the internet and social media have helped me get back in touch with some friends I had in high school. How cool is that?!

Did you know having a large group of friends has health benefits? A 2007 study stated that people who have lots of friends outlive those with only a few friends – by 22%. Perhaps it’s time to add to your circle of friends! Reconnecting with old friends can help keep your brain active, too, as you discuss past events and recall fun times.

Is there someone you have been wondering about? In this day and age, you can do an internet search and, quite often, they have a social media page. Now, don’t be a stalker. But go ahead and drop them a private message.
• Tell them how you know them
• Tell them who you are
• Ask them if they’d like to connect
• And see what happens

Of course, you don’t want to tell them your whole life story over the last few decades, just in case they don’t remember you, or don’t really want to connect again. Ease back into an old friendship slowly. If both parties are excited to hear from each other, enjoy your re-found friend.

If you were good friends, you’ll find it’s like you were away on vacation and have just come back. You just sort of pick up where you left off, catch up and keep going.

If they don’t respond, give it time. You may need to let that friendship go. Not all friendships were made to last, but the good ones were.

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