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FRIENDS FOR LIFE Connecting to People Near and Far Y ou know those friends you’ve had for ages, the kinds of friends with whom, even if you haven’t spoken in years, you can pick be there; even when we go a while without talking, we know we’ll all be there for each other. Reminiscing with them has helped me feel tethered to something foundational when the future feels uncertain.
up right where you left off? You have so much shared history that you understand each other effortlessly. Every other sentence starts with, “Remember when …” Recently, I’ve gotten to catch up with some of my closest friends from high school, and it’s been a wonderful trip down memory lane that’s helped me reconnect with them — and myself. In high school, I had a group of really close friends. We did everything together. In those days, the six of us were inseparable. Of course, life happened, and we went years without talking. Today, we’re scattered across the country, but thanks to social media, we’ve reconnected. I’ve loved hearing about their lives and who they are now and, most of all, exchanging stories from the vault of our high school memories. It’s a bit surreal to talk about experiences from when we were just kids when now we all have kids of our own. To be able to talk to your high school friends when you’re in your 50s and reminisce about those days is pretty incredible! It takes you back. It feels great to be able to pick up right where we left off, like no time has passed at all. It’s a total reminder of those days and the person I was back then, as well as the person I’ve become. These friends know me and help me feel connected to my past. We have a shared history that will always
Over the years, along with cultivating lifelong friendships, I’ve been lucky to welcome new friends into my life. Many of my friendships as an adult came from a shared interest in physical therapy, and often, those people I studied with during college or worked with afterward became my closest friends. It’s amazing how social connections of all kinds can boost my mood. A great example is the people I connect with through my Peloton rides. All the interactions are virtual, of course, but it still helps you feel connected to others. You can virtually high- five people on the Peloton, and even if you don’t know them, you still feel encouraged and get to pass that positive feeling on. I made my Peloton handle #ChooseKind for that very reason. Inspired by the book “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio that my daughter inspired me to read (it’s also a movie now, by the way), I want to share the message that when given the choice of how to respond, kindness is always the best option. Virtual conversations won’t ever replace the real thing for me, but they are a great way to connect with others — and reconnect — when you can’t be together in person.
“It’s a bit surreal to talk about experiences from when we were just kids when now we all have kids of our own.”
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