Reconnect

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography, in lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
— Everyone's Free to Wear Sunscreen by Laz Buhrmann

It's extremely easy to lose touch. To get caught up in the business of living your everyday life. Of work. Of bills to pay. Of kids. Of cleaning. Of laundry. Of life.

On top of that, there's the missed response time. It's easy to miss that gap of when it's appropriate to respond to an email or text. The growing awkwardness as time stretches. The want to write something at least coherent causes you to stall until it's too late to respond. Then you just stare at the phone, wanting to reach out, but it feels too weird. Scary even.

We allow too many things to interefere with reaching out to people we miss, people we want to be in touch with. But it is exactly those people with whom we should be connecting. Not the petty details of the daily grind. 

I, too, am guilty of letting daily life distract me from what is truly important - friendship.

So I am challenging myself and you - reconnect with one person you've lost touch with.

The internet is a powerful tool - use it! Find a childhood friend. Find someone dear who moved away. Or else look through your contacts list and find someone you've been meaning to call. Reach out. See what happens.

In order to keep myself honest, I'm sharing this here with all of you. By Friday, I'll give you an update of how my reconnect went. In the meantime, share your experiences in the comments below.

Stay tuned and Tweet the Challenge.