"What’s been your greatest accomplishment?"
"Keeping in touch with distant friends and relatives."
"Why is that important?"
"It’s important to always have people who remember you at various stages of your life. It’s especially important as you get older, because there are less of those people around. And they remind you who you are."
Lately I’ve been thinking about exactly this. The challenge of keeping in touch with friends and family, how it came as a surprise, out of nowhere. Moving across the country didn’t make things any easier. What it did help to do was realize who you miss, who you want to keep in touch with, and who wants to keep in touch with you. Most people fade away, without malice or fanfare. Interactions with them become double-tapping your phone to Like their photos and that happens. I’m challenging myself to keep in contact with friends and family members who I cherish. These are people that I want in my life even though they area all across the country (Virginia, New York, Texas, Wyoming, etc.) I’m writing letters, sending emails, even planning trips to make that happen. Anyway, what I’m really trying to say in all this is that I totally relate to what this woman is saying, even though I am 1/4th of her age.