Friends are our lifeline. Time passes as many friends relocate or are just busy with life-changing year-to-year. Do not let the miles separate you because friendships are a gift. It is comforting to know that you have someone in your life who knows you. You know those friends who know the good and bad but are still your friends. Friends that have been present for the ups and downs in your life gives them an understanding of who you are and why are “you.” I know that I look forward to sitting with friends who were in my life for events that transpired five, ten, fifteen, or twenty years ago.
You can have 1,000 friends on Facebook, but it is unlikely that they will be there when you need a hug. I often wonder how many of you know your neighbors. Is Facebook keeping your friends updated with your life? Do you no longer hear a voice that can put a smile on your face? Have your friends become text? Do not let technology separate you from a friend. Do not let miles or a busy schedule separate you from someone you have created memories with in the past.
Loneliness is growing and even now follows closely behind depression. Loneliness increases the risk of premature death by approximately 26%, which is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is more dangerous than obesity, lack of physical activity, and air pollution.
What can you do today? You can reach out to someone you have not spoken to for a year. Remember to have friends is to be a friend. To keep friends is to call and hear the voice of someone who has made a difference in your life. We are all busy and life can get busier but never too busy for a friend.
AI or a ChatBot will never be the friend you cherish!