Earlier this week, I got a Facebook message from an old friend. Someone I hadn’t heard from in quite a while.
He moved, I moved, he went through a tough stretch… and we just lost touch.
But when I saw his message come up, it really brought me back.
Jack and I used to be best pals when we were kids. My dad used to say we were always “scheming” up something. But mostly, it was just hanging out and having fun.
Fishing. Playing in the fields and creeks. Running around with the dog. And walking up to the corner store to buy candy with allowance we had saved. If one of us didn’t have enough, we’d treat the other. It always seemed to even out.
And I had forgotten how much I missed just talking to Jack. So instead of sending him back a message…
I picked up the phone and called him.
We shared almost 2 hours of laughs, and a few sad stories.
And afterwards, I hung up and just sat back and treasured the memories.
Your old friends carry with them a part of you. They helped make you, in a way.
And for that you really do owe them some thanks.
I’ve come to find out, you also have them to thank for your current state of health. Which is odd to think about, but having good friends as a kid actually helps keep you more fit, with lower BP… even into your adulthood.
Friends and socializing helps your mood, your mental health, defends against diabetes, and even helps you live longer.
I’ve gathered a few close friends since I lost touch with Jack. But nothing really replaces that first “best friend.”
And I’m going to make sure we don’t lose touch again.
Our lives may depend on it!
Do yourself a favor.
Call an old friend today. It may be just the surprise he or she needs this weekend…
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance