I think you will agree, life is much more fun with friends. We can’t have too many friends, only not enough time to spend with all of them. Well, at least that’s how I see it.
Friends help us understand how other people think, act, and how we are seen through their eyes. They give us an all-important perspective outside of our own scope.
Through friends we find diversity, have experiences we would not otherwise have had, and learn more about ourselves. The list is endless.
I couldn’t image life without my group of close friends. They are there for me when I need them, as am I for them.
As we get older it’s all too easy to lose touch with some of best and most important friends. It’s a natural part of aging for most, but it doesn’t mean you can’t reconnect.
Here are 7 reasons to reconnect with old friends in 2016. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you have spoken with them. For a true friend, it’s never too long and reaching out will always be appreciated.
Nostalgia and Memories Are Wonderful Feelings
I shouldn’t have to remind you that meeting up with old friends with stir up all kinds of wonderful memories you shared in the past. The feelings that come along with these memories can’t be matched by anything else.
I’m sure you have experienced nostalgia before too. Feels great doesn’t it! When I bump into a friend I have not seen for a while we remind ourselves of stories we have each forgotten over time.
So make 2016 a year you make contact with some old friends. Bring a smile to both of you recalling those old stories.
It’s Interesting to See How Their Lives Are Turning Out
We all walk different paths in our lives. Even as children it’s hard, if not impossible to predict how someone’s life will turn out. You will almost certainly be surprised how much you’ve missed out on not being in touch.
You will see some good, and some bad. But either way it will help you as a person. Who knows what kind of opportunities or eye-opening stories you will encounter. There’s only one way to find out.
Friends Can Show You the Person You Have Become
Living our own lives and being caught up in the day-to-day we easily forget where we came from, and where we are today. Friends who were they a long time ago have a better view than anyone how far we’ve come.
It’s refreshing to hear from a friend how they think we have turned out. I’m sure it’s not going to be all bad!
It Might Serve as a Reminder We Shouldn’t Have Let Go
I have reconnected with friends after many years and it only served as a reminder that I missed out on a wonderful person. It’s doesn’t matter why or how you lost contact. It matters that you don’t make the same mistake again.
As adults we make more acquaintances and casual friends through work or other friends than we do those solid bonds we formed as kids. It’s hard to recapture those moments, but we can relive them with the same people.
It Might Serve as a Reminder We Were Right to Move On
We can’t all have the perfect upbringing and wonderful past. We make mistakes growing up, it’s part of growing up. A lot of the friends we lose touch with is because they were unhealthy relationships or it was for the best.
It’s still worth looking up an old friend after many years. We all change over the years. Some of us more than others, some for the worst, and some for the better. If you’re curious how someone is doing, look them up and find out.
You May Pick up Where You Left Off
It’s not farfetched to think that you will pick up where you left off. True friends can do that. They can bump into each other after years and years, and just hit it straight off again.
If something bad happened to make you part ways with a friend. Bury the hatchet and forget about it. Friendship is more important. Look forward and start enjoying each other’s company again.
Friends Are Important You’re Better off with Them than without Them
What better reason do you need to reconnect with an old friend than – your life will be better with them in it. I’m sure they feel the same too, so what are you both waiting for, right?
Good friends are hard to come by. It often only takes a little effort to reconnect, and the other person has been waiting to hear from you all along. You have nothing to lose. Make 2016 a special one.
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.