Friends are people we choose or in some cases the family we choose. There are many ways our friendship stories begin, some started because we were in the same class, on the same team, or the only ones who shared similarities in a particular situation. Perhaps your friendship began because you shared mutual friends and then developed your own friendship, met randomly at a social, event, while waiting in an airport or because you both decided to engage in some extreme sport solo because your other friends were not down to do so *lol*
Regardless of how your friendship story began and despite the many ways life has changed over the years if the friendship is important to you, it's important to continue to invest in it off line.
Social Media gives the false sense of connection but it's important to remember:
- People only post what they are comfortable sharing.
- Our online personas are often edited & censored.
- People are multidimensional and are more than their photos, comments and posts.
- There is so much more going on with your friends and loved ones than what they post.
Spending quality time in person allows authentic conversation and energy to flow. How many times have you discovered something, had a particular conversation, etc in a short period of time while in person with someone that never came up over the years of social media interactions?
Life is more than your romantic relationship, which of course is also important. Put a date on the calendar to connect in person with your friends. If the friendship is important to you, treat it as such.