Leilani-Jade Pecher –
It happens to all of us, especially while in college. We get caught up in our studies, work, extra-curricular activities, all while trying to have a social life. Before we know it, we haven’t spoken to our family and friends back home for weeks! Those weeks quickly turns into months, and if we aren’t careful, could turn into years.
That’s why keeping in touch should be a vital part of our lives. It’s good to keep in mind that those whom are in our hearts deserve to know that we are still thinking about them.
Growing up in a military household, keeping in touch with family and friends was one of the most important practices for me whenever adjusting to someplace new. Whatever your background may be, keeping in touch with family and friends will not be time wasted. These people that we knew will understand or “get” us, in ways others may not. Maybe these certain family and friends were present during important events in our lives and were there to support us. Whatever the case may be, it would be best to remember that they used to be important in your life, so why aren’t they now? Unless of course, you have a good reason as to why they aren’t a part of your life anymore.
However, take a second to think about someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, because you have been really busy. Would something positive come about from getting back in touch? Did you have fond memories with this person? If the answer is yes, why not keep in touch?
Not only would you have been there for the past events, but you would be able to get to know them again. I personally find this really exciting. We knew people as kids, playing on the playground together. Maybe middle school, walking to our many classes together and talking by the lockers. There was high school, where we stood by each other’s sides during hard assignments, and relationship/family drama. How about that ultimate day of watching your close friends walking across the stage, cheering them on when they were handed their diploma? There are so many events that we overlook sometimes, because we get to busy. But then, an important life event happens in their life, and we only found out about it through our Facebook newsfeed.
When you saw your family or friend’s wedding photos, newborn child, or unfortunately received news that they had become ill? Social media is such a prevalent part of our lives, yet it seems as if our generation has a harder time keeping in touch. I think that we get caught up with our lives, and overlook that the past is important as well. We have an obligation to the memories and support that we have received from our family and friends. Of course, keeping in touch with everyone is a difficult task. However, it is most definitely worth it.
While you have a moment to yourself, whether you are on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat, set aside some time for keeping in touch! It only takes a moment, send out a quick message, or make a quick call. The person will most likely not expect it, but may become really excited! Don’t worry about it being awkward either, there will be plenty to catch up on.
Leilani-Jade Pecher, from Lakewood, Wash. is a sophomore double-majoring in Communications and Management and Organizational Leadership. Leilani is the Director of PR & Advertising and writer for The Rambler. She is the Vice-President for the Coalition for Ethnic Awareness, PR for Enactus, and a member of several clubs.