Friendships are one of the most precious things you can have as a human being. People are made to love other people. Because of this fact, when a friend moves far, far away, it can really suck. A buddy of mine was back in town visiting for his spring break and it reminded me of a few things that I have learned from having a close friend move across the country. These things are important for friends who live down the block and those who live a plane ride (or two) away.
- Appreciate hugs
Hugs are the best, and whenever you have the opportunity to give/get a hug from a friend, take it.
- Listen to people
Like, really listen. We often get so wrapped up in our own lives that we forget to catch up with the people we care about and don’t hear what they are saying to us. Their lives are just as important as yours. Learn about what’s going on in your friend’s life, especially if they are only around for short periods of time.
- Take pictures
This might just be me, but I think it’s really cool to see how we change and grow up in photographs. It’s wonderful to have little reminders of friends in a 4×6 frame or an online album. Besides, selfies take about two seconds to take. ;P
- Get over yourself and past issues.
Seriously. It’s not worth being awkward around people. It takes more energy to be irritated with someone all the time than it does to just be kind to them. Letting weird situations or anger come between two people being friends is just dumb, and a big waste of time.
- Cherish the friends who don’t live crazy far away.
You never know when a friend might end up leaving your life sooner than you’d like. So appreciate the friends who are close by, and don’t take them for granted.
I encourage you to reach out to others this week; whether it’s a close friend or a person you haven’t talked to in a long time, make the effort to tell someone that you care about them 🙂
Until Next Time,
Miss you Mac! Thanks for inspiring this blog ;D