In today’s busy world, friendships have changed. We no longer live in a time where hand-written letters and cards are exchanged or weekly “social calls” are a way of life. Instead, we live in a world of cell phones, Skype, and text messaging. With all of these inventions, you would think that keeping up with long distance friends would be easy… somehow; we seem to be losing the battle of maintaining long distance friendships following a move. But, there are some easy ways to stay in touch with old friends when you move to Kamloops:
1. Set aside time: Remember, you are friends because you enjoy each other’s company. Make a plan and set specific times in your schedule to cultivate the relationship and share those things that kept you close before. Whether it is your favorite football team, television shows, or just family happenings, talk about those things that made your friends. While calls may be less frequent, take time to email once a week - set a reminder on your computer or phone if you tend to get busy.
2. Let them know where you are: Send “we’ve moved” cards to family, friends, and acquaintances and give them your new Kamloops address, email and new phone numbers! Remember, they can’t call you if they don’t know where you are.
3. Social Media: While much of the social media craze started with teenagers, many adults are finding Facebook and other social media platforms are a great way to keep in touch with old classmates, friends, and family around the world. Set up a profile and invite old friends to do the same - it’s a great way to keep old groups of friends together!
4. Video Conferencing: With today’s technology, webcams can enable you to talk and see each other over the computer. Video conferencing platforms such as Skype, Oovoo, and even Google make it possible to see and talk to friends through your computer. This is a great way for kids to communicate with grandparents in another state and actually show off their new haircut or baseball trophy.
5. Send Pictures: While handwritten notes may seem a little dated to some, they are still appreciated by many. Take time once in awhile to jot down a thank you, birthday wish, and get well sentiment and put it in the mail. A short handwritten card and a few photographs can go a long way in keeping friends and family close.
Good friends are hard to find, so it’s important to take the time and keep them close … even if they no longer live next door. While cultivating a friendship takes time, the benefits are worth every minute. In addition, with today’s technology, you can text, chat face-to-face, and share digital pictures instantly from your Kamloops home. So, don’t miss out on life’s greatest treasures because of a move!
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