One of the things we often take for granted, though we use it every day, is social media. I don’t use it as much as some, but more than many. There are times when I ask myself why.
I didn’t grow up with social media. Even AOL and Yahoo didn’t become a thing until after I was out of college. Staying in touch with friends who moved away required a long distance phone call or letter sent through the post office.
I lost touch with a lot of friends. Either they moved or I did. I’m terrible about calling or writing – and many of them were too. Did I regret loosing touch? Yes, but getting back in touch was difficult – until social media came into it’s own.
In the past fifteen years, I’ve not only reconnected with old friends, but made new ones. Old or new, I’ve only seen a few of them in person, or talked to them on the phone. Most of my friends I keep in touch with digitally. And it means a great deal to me to be able to touch bases with them and know what’s going on in their lives.
Every so often I have to stop and just think and appreciate how far things have come. And how technology connects people as much as it divides them.
So, to all my friends, digital and otherwise – Thank you. I appreciate you. You are beautiful, loved, and a part of my soul.