Everyone has amazing people that were once in their life, but who they’ve forgotten about or let slip away.
It can be friends or family members. I used to not call my family at all, and now I make an effort to. This is the kind of thing that’s not obvious, but still important. We’re always rushing around, so we forget, but in the meantime, they don’t forget about us.
The irony of all this stuff is that relationships are what make us happy in the first place. Yet we keep going around and chasing other things. It’s stupid. Status, prestige, money, whatever else– studies show that these things just don’ t make us happy. But we keep looking for them instead of having a big dinner at our house like we should.
I want you to think about this more this weekend. You probably have some free time. Use it wisely.
Your homework this week is to connect with at least one person who should still be in your life, but isn’t.
Feel like you need to make a call to reconnect, but youre kind of worried about it? Make the damn call.
Or, you can go through old text messages and text whoever you haven’t spoken to in 6 months or more. This is an amazing technique and can jumpstart relationships that should never have stopped in the first place. Try it.
Another thing to do is to call a family member. I now have reminders in my phone that help me do this. I know I should do it. But just because it doesn’t occur to me at a given moment, doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. So use the technology you normally use for bullshit and use it for something that means something.
Whatever the means you use, spend a moment as soon as possible to connect with people you let slip. Do the right thing.
Good luck with your assignment. Report back in the comments when you’re done.
P.S.: I have a theory about collaboration and pop culture which I’m going to share it with you in a future post. In the meantime, know that it’s informed my decision to do a quick collabo with my friends at Dolbeau, which came out today. Check it out.