"You don't have to have anything in common with people you've known since you were five. With old friends, you've got your whole life in common" - Lyle Lovett
Ok, so maybe I didn’t know them since I was 5, but the saying still applies, even if it has been 15, 20, or almost 30 years since the last time that I really hung out with or was in touch with several old friends. Not sure why, but this past month or so has seen me get back in touch and reconnect with several old friends that I have not seen in a very long time. Long time, longer time, longest time. The funny irony is that two of these friends that I have seen lately are both not on Facebook or Twitter; they came to me in a more ‘traditional’ way of communication, one was by email (Mario) and one was by text (Kathy). Yes, in today’s world of communications, email and texting are somewhat ‘old hat’. Anyway, I digress …I actually have several friends who are not on social media, but somehow we manage to pick up where we left off, regardless that many of them live in other parts of the globe, namely China. These two recent ‘reconnections’, however, live in the same city and are adamantly opposed to joining social media and spending numerous hours a day online. Instead, Kathy and Mario prefer the more face-to-face form of friendship, and are quite content with their circle of friends and family that they see on a regular basis. This I find quite interesting, and when I met with these friends from the past, we really had things to talk about as we hadn’t had the ‘convenience’ of catching up daily vis-à-vis Facebook posts… I find that catching up with friends on Facebook is really about reiterating what I have and they have already posted - there is no news, really, more of a recap. So, to meet with these two was great, we reminisced about old times, school days, work, and caught up with anecdotes about what each of us was doing now, and in the distant and not so distant past. It was a great exercise of reminding me of what friendship used to be like, before the introduction and time vacuum of Facebook and the like.
I liked it and I really feel joy from meeting up with friends of all stages and phases of my life, and find an extra specialty with those who are not following me daily on social media, which seems to take the face-to-face interaction out of the meaning of social all together. Who have you connected with recently and was it through social media?