December 20 – Beyond Avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing?
This prompt, for some reason, was hard for me. I honestly could not think of one thing that I avoided doing this year.
Then, it hit me. The one thing that I have avoided doing not only in 2010, but pretty much in the past 5 years, is keeping in touch. Now it’s not because I was scared, worried or unsure, but it really is because I have been so dang busy.
There are so many friends from high school and college that I would love to sit down and catch up with, but I never found the time to give them a call, or shoot them an e-mail. Thank God for Facebook – at least I can stalk their profiles to get some sort of sense of what they’ve been up to. But why should I rely on social media? Shouldn’t I actually make some sort of attempt to get in touch with them, reestablish a connection?
Now that I’m on winter break I am trying to get back on track with this. I had cocktails with some friends from high school, and I even had a phone conversation with an ex-boyfriend. I’m seeing a grade school friend next week, and I’ll be ringing in the New Year with some buddies from TCNJ. So at least now I’m making some sort of effort to bring these people back into my life, when they meant so much to me many years ago.
So yes, I’m finally doing it, but the real question is will I sustain it? Once the spring semester starts, will I go back to my UMD silo and forget to keep in touch? Hopefully not. But please, dear friends, if you happen to come upon this blog post and I’ve yet to shoot you a text, let me know.