Back in the day, when I was young, I'm not a kid anymore, but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again.
Yes, I just threw those lyrics out there. If you need to hear that song now that I just reminded you of it's awesome-ness, here you go.
I sit here, thinking of friends. Elementary friends, Middle school friend, High school friends, San Diego friends, Georgia friends, Iowa friends, Army friends, etc. I have had the opportunity to meet so many people. Some have become friends. Some were friends and we have lost touch. Some I went to school with, but never talked to really and now I consider them friends. Some I don't talk to much, but I know if I called they would answer and it would feel as if nothing changed.
Facebook and social media plays a huge part in keeping in touch with all of these people. I would have never been able to reconnect or start a connection without it. Through status updates and pictures, I can tell who I relate to and who I can press the "unfriend' button on. Is it mean? Not in my opinion. People grow apart and some you grow closer with. It is really amazing to witness other people's lives. There are friends I have know since 4th grade and I look at their Facebook page and just shake my head. I think to myself, "What happened? They used to be so (fill in the blank)...". Maybe they do the same when I have posted the 5th picture of Nate in one day.
A friend is someone you like, trust, have a bond with. Does it mean you have to be BBF's? No. Does it mean you have to talk to them everyday and spill every detail of your life to them? No. I have a group of "friends" that I talk to on a regular basis, whether it be calling, texting, or Facebook chatting. That group is small, under 10. They are extremely important to me and I hope I am to them as well. I am not discounting all the other people I consider "friends" though. Even if I don't talk to you everyday or even every couple of months, I know you are there. I learn from you. I see how your life is, even if it's through Facebook. Although I get sucked into Facebook, I love it because I can see all my friends. There is no way I would be able to talk to you all. I just love the fact that I can get tid-bits of information of your life. We are busy. You work, you have family, you have a wedding to go to, or a friend's birthday, or it's football Sunday with your significant other. It's life.
So to all my "friends" out there. Cheers to you! Thank you for being in my life, whether it was for one day or for 20 years. You have all impacted me in one way or another.