By Jamie Rieger
Say what you will about social media. For some, it is a place to network and connect with clients for small business operators. For others, it is a mechanism for people to have quick contact with family and friends, whether they live across the street or across the country.
Social media and the technological era we are living in these days allow us to keep caught up with old friends and co-workers, who otherwise, we may never be able to connect with.
For me, with family spread across several provinces, I can communicate with them on a regular basis, comment on my great-nieces’ photos and enjoy a chuckle or two with a niece and nephew.
In December, I received a private message from an old friend who I haven’t seen or heard from in more than two decades. At first, I was a little surprised that this person would remember me after all these years. (Apparently, I am somewhat unforgettable…His words, not mine!)
I found it even more remarkable that he would take the time to seek me out on social media; but in all honesty, given my job, I’m not all that hard to find.
Since his initial message to me, we have been sending notes back and forth a couple times a week and just catching up on what all has transpired in our lives over the past two decades. I always wondered what happened to this guy and now, I am fortunate enough to find out.
Also, there is a lot of joking around, just as we did in the good ol’ days. It’s almost like we just picked up where we left off all those years ago without skipping a beat. With true friendship, things like that can really happen no matter how much time has passed, I suppose.
Without social media, this friendship could never have been renewed. It would have been just memories, tucked away in a safe place.
Communicating on social media certainly isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but if there is somebody out there who is worth reconnecting with, a simple search may not be a bad idea. You never know what pleasant surprises may be in store for you.