We all get busy and caught up in the grind of our day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, this means that we often lose touch with people that we didn’t intend to — college roommates, old best friends, neighbors who moved away, family members who live in different states. When we realize how long it has been since we’ve actually contacted these people, there is a tendency to feel guilt and therefore not want to contact them at all, fearing it would be awkward or weird. Today’s self care challenge is to overcome that embarrassment or fear associated with contacting an old friend you’ve lost touch with. Seriously, call them! You will be surprised how great it makes you feel to catch up with someone you used to get along so well with. If they are a true friend, it will probably feel like no time at all has passed, and you will pick up right where you left off.
I was inspired to create this self care challenge due to two of my closest friends reappearing in my life in the last couple of weeks. My boyfriend and I decided to celebrate my birthday in Boise, ID with my family, and while we were down there I decided to reach out to my old best friend who I’ve known since kindergarten, but haven’t seen in a couple of years. Initially I thought it may have been too long apart and it would be awkward to see her, but instead it made my birthday so special! Catching up with an old friend is so comforting and brings a lot of joy. This friend and I caught up on our lives, met one another’s boyfriends for the first time, and promised to keep in touch and see each other regularly. Only a week or so later, my college roommate and best friend called me out of the blue, and we spent time on the phone catching up and laughing, and making plans to see each other again soon. The joy that these two friends’ reappearances in my life has brought me makes me want to encourage everyone to reach out to someone you’ve lost touch with. Talking to an old friend (or even meeting up with them, if possible) has a way of reconnecting you back with yourself if you’re feeling a little lost or down, and just making you feel happy and comforted. I highly encourage you to be that friend who reaches out and reconnects with an old friend. You won’t regret it!