Reunited (and it feels so good)

June 9, 2011 at 7:37 am | Posted in Friends Then and Now | 3 Comments
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Ever since I was little, I was always known as the friend who kept in touch.  I arranged many a reunion (I guess this falls in line with my obsession with planning) and wrote letters (and like, put a stamp on an envelope and mailed them, remember that?).  But as the years have gone by, I have to admit I haven’t been as good at keeping in touch, even with the advent of  Facebook.  Still, I try and lately I’ve employed a new method for reuniting with old friends.

Whenever I go away on business, I find out who is living in that area and I try to make plans.  A lot of my friends have moved to other places and with a job like mine that requires monthly business trips, I like to take these opportunities to reconnect.  I look for other opportunities as well.  On my recent trip to Miami, which was not a business trip, I met up with a former classmate who was attending the same blogger conference as me, and we ended up spending a lot of time together down there. My one-on-one reunions are not totally limited to business trips. I’ve had some reunions with old friends who live locally as well.

Of course all the reunions have different outcomes.  Sometimes you make a true reconnection with an old friend.  Sometimes you get to know someone on a level you never knew them on before.  And sometimes, you realize that, while you were close when you were young, you went down completely different paths, and it can be hard to relate to each other anymore.

But I don’t like to think negatively about those last kinds of reunions.  Not every reunion is going to reignite a friendship.  But a lucky few will.  With a lucky few, you will be able to pick up where you left off, or in a better place. You will be able to forget whatever tore you apart in the first place (if there really was anything).  Sometimes time can heal old wounds, and sometimes time, and revisiting faces of the past, can help us understand how far we have come.

What I enjoy most about these reunions is the memories they spark from my past.  Everyone remembers different aspects of growing up and hearing new perspectives on old situations can be eye opening.  All in all, I just like to hear the journey that different people take in their lives, the journey that led them to meet up with me at that moment in time.

Everyone has a story to tell, and you will play a role in many people’s stories.  Why not pick up a few books?

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