Yesterday I heard from a friend I have not seen in over twelve years – thank you Facebook!
As a result of Facebook, I have re-connected with people I have not seen in 5, 10, even 20+ years! I have also connected with distant cousins and family members, some of whom I have never met in person. Facebook has been a huge gift that has allowed me to be part of their lives in ways I never would have ten years ago.
Some argue this is a problem, that we are substituting real in-person friendships with virtual friendships and support. I would argue that there is a place for both in this world. I do believe that some of my most critical support throughout the past fifteen years has been as a result of the internet. The internet is a wonderful place to learn, grow and connect with people – new and old.
There is something very special about rekindling an old friendship and sharing your lives years later, after you and the other individual have matured and evolved. It is a pleasure to talk about growth. One thing that often amazes me is how my close friends and I have often grown in similar directions, even though we have spent the last decade worlds apart.
I will sometimes track down my old friends – when I make the effort it is always such a gift – even if the communication is another fleeting moment in time when I remind them of what they once meant to me and thank them for their presence in my life.
Today, 170 days ’til 40, I am thankful for old friends – for their past, present and future presence in my life – I will continue to reach out to them, they are a gift.