Today, I met up with a relative that I had seen in a very long time. It was really nice catching up and commiserating about the adventures of life. And you know you’re having a nice time when it takes you forever to finish a small greek salad because you can’t stop chatting! (This is also why I forgot to get a selfie in!)
As I reflected back on the meeting, I realized just how nice it felt to reconnect and how unfortunate it was that so much time had gone by since our last encounter.
Growing up, I wasn’t as close with my extended family as I may have wanted to be. Of course when you’re kids, everyone is together, but as time went on and people grew up, everyone just focused on doing their own thing and that divide only grew. But after today, it just dawned on me how truly important it is to make that extra effort to stay connected. Of course, it’s understood that life will always get in the way, but don’t let that be a reason for years to go by without talking again.
After all, you never know what someone is going through and that opportunity to reconnect may be exactly what they need and have yearned for for so long. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life and only ever intend on reaching out to someone or have them in your thoughts. However, it’s that added step of making it happen that makes all the difference.
You also might never realize what type of undiscovered commonalities you have with them that could have only been discovered later in life when reconnecting after so long – and by reconnecting, you have now gained a renewed friendship in the process.
So if there is anyone you’ve been meaning to reach out to, whether it’s a family member or friend, then make it happen sooner than later – don’t let more time go by.
Have a look at a similar post I wrote last fall.
God bless and goodnight!
Header image found here.