Why It Is Essential to Keep in Touch With Old Friends
Three weeks ago, a friend of mine, who was close to me since elementary school, messaged me on Facebook and said that she wanted me to come home to town because she missed me. I told her that I could not go home because I had no money so I was stuck in the city. The last time I saw her in person was five months ago when our batch had a reunion of sorts. Three nights ago, a shocker happened: she passed away for very tragic reasons.
If there is anything that I realized and learned from her loss, it is that it is VERY important to always have some time for old friends. I was stupid enough to ignore her messages, thinking that she would always be around and I could just catch up with her any time. Now I do not know whether she died with some hard feelings for me, because she treated me as her best friend and I didn’t even reach out to her when she needed me. My own guilt killed me, too.
It is sad how it takes the death of one friend for us old friends to meet again. Maybe God wants us to learn the hard way, because then it would make a greater impact on us. And that is what is happening to me.
I hope this story also serves as a lesson to those of you reading this. “I am busy” is just a lame excuse that we use to defend ourselves and put out that guilt about the fact that we are not busy actually. If we are, it is still not an excuse to forget about them. We have time for watching TV, partying, eating out, so that means we also have time for the more important things. Do it before it’s too late.