I Love Reconnecting With Old Friends During The Holidays

I Love Reconnecting With Old Friends During The Holidays

Coming home for the holidays isn't about just laying around doing nothing, reach out to your original homies!

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Meeting lots of people throughout college has been one of my favorite parts of being away from home, but during the holidays, I love getting together with my first friends I've ever made from back home, even the ones who I haven't seen in years.

This past week, I was able to reconnect with a very old friend of mine from Freshman year of high school and it is such a joy to catch up and learn about what someone with a totally different life than you is doing. My friend Helen and I visited together and she even took me to ride "Limes" (fast scooters) for the first time through Bishop Arts.

What was so neat and eye opening to me about catching up with Helen is that even though we haven't seen each other in person for years, I knew so much about her already from the power of social media. We have been seeing each other thrive through the lovely instagram, Facebook, and we even have a snapchat streak together, where we vaguely chat on every single day!

My point is that social media is so evident in our lives that we sometimes forget how memorable it is to see those people that we never see in person and how nice it is to actually hang out with them, even if its a short get together.

I had so much fun with Helen and getting to talk with her in person was even more special to me. Reconnecting with old friends is also about the ones who are willing to see you. If they are, then it definitely weeds out fake friends who aren't willing to meet you somewhere/wanting to hang out with you.

Luckily in my case, I have many friends who I get to see and catch up with over the holidays since we all go to different schools. It is my favorite time of year because it brings us all together and getting to see those around me grow up/develop into the person they are meant to be is one of the most thrilling things.

How do you guys feel about seeing old friends you haven't seen in awhile? Do you even care? Have you made different friends that make you NOT miss the older ones? I'm curious because everyone is different. I have friends from other schools who don't talk to their friends from High school at all anymore but I also have friends who ONLY talk to their friends from High school. So comment below, no matter how old you are stating who you still talk to/reconnect with! Happy Holidays and stay warm!

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As I Get Older, I Care Less And Less About My Birthday

It doesn't hold the same meaning as it did when I was younger.

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Every year people celebrate their birthday. It's an exciting day for most as you get some gifts and cake and spend it with friends and family. I used to love my birthday. I loved that on that one day, the spotlight was on me. People had to care about me. As I've gotten older though, I found myself caring less and less about my birthday. It's not a day I get excited about.

I've always had a love/hate relationship with my birthday anyway, given that it's on Valentine's Day. So I've always had to share my birthday with all that love and people wanting to spend it with their partner. I believe that the dislike side has grown as well because as I get older and my friends get older, they are all finding someone to be with or starting a family. Therefore, they have someone they want to spend the day with. They want to celebrate with them, not me. I've always had to battle Valentine's Day.

I believe that once you've hit a lot of major milestone birthdays (i.e first, 16th, 18th, 21st) there isn't much to look forward to. It's just another year added to your life.

You realize more and more that you're just getting older.

I'm generally a simple person as well. I don't want a huge party, I don't want fancy gifts, and I really hate people singing to me. I like having the attention, but hate it at the same time. It's a weird feeling to explain. You want to be loved, but don't want it all at once. I don't want all eyes on me.

Of course, there will always be certain parts of my birthday that I really like and do look forward to. My mom gets me the heart-shaped donuts from Dunkin' every year on my birthday. She never forgets because I don't give her the chance to. I always remind her. I do like the fact that I can ask for something, and more often than not get it because it's my birthday.

I don't mean like big gifts either. I mean that I can ask that we have what I want for dinner. That I can ask my mom to spend some one on one time with me. Simple things that I don't usually get.

I don't hate my birthday, I just don't feel as much excitement as I did growing up. It's just another day of the year.

There's just too much effort you have to put into your birthday as you grow older as well. You usually have to plan something yourself, which I don't want to do. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do because I don't want a party and there isn't anything special I ever wish to do. Even if I did want to plan a party inviting people would be a nightmare and trying to make it work for different people is a hassle.

I just think that as you get older, birthday's just aren't worth the trouble.

So, I've accepted the fact that I just don't care. I will enjoy the little things about it, but I won't make a big fuss. It's just another day.

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