Today marks 3 years of me registering on WordPress!! these 3 years have really flown by. I just knew that I had to blog about something once I saw that notification. The only problem was, I didn’t quite know what to blog about. Then, inspiration came! I got an email from an old friend! I hadn’t seen her since I moved from that place 5 years ago! You can’t imagine my surprise hearing from her. We used to correspond through email about 3 years back. She sent me a long letter asking questions about me and telling me about what she was up to. I actually had tears in my eyes when I realised she remembered all this stuff about me. Thus, this post. How to keep in touch with far away friends.
- Before you/ they leave get their contact info. How else can you keep in touch if you don’t know how?! It’s better to use email for longer messages but text for shorter more frequent messages. You could also get their Instagram. It’s a great way to know what each other are up to.
- If possible, set up a time for you guys to text each other. Or set up a plan on when to email. Example: once a week.
- Go online often. Check your email regularly. Social media has downfalls but also perks. It’s the easiest way to communicate.
- Send letters! Parcels are even better! It’s always nice coming home from school and finding out a friend far away sent you a handwritten letter!
- Share lots of photos! A true friend does want to genuinely know what you’re up to
- Sometimes, you need to make the first move. This sounds like the cliche romantic movie thing but really, all friendships require effort. You may feel like you’re the only one trying but just be patient. Good things come to those who wait. And even if the results are not what you expected, be glad you tried.
- Don’t be upset if it takes a while for a reply. Even more so if there’s a time difference. One thing friendship really needs, is time spent together. You may grow apart eventually or may not be as close but that’s all normal. You will always have a bond and lots of memories that are not to be forgotten.
I really emphasise on tip 7. because I have dealt with this a lot. Nevertheless, I still look back fondly on all the pictures, cards and gifts.
I hope this advice works as well for you as it did for me.