I am guilty, friends, of letting social media consume way too much of my time and stealing the energy I could be investing in personal relationships. We know what we need to know from our friends' facebooks, instagrams and blogs--we can go without calling them or sitting with them over coffee for ridiculous amounts of time and not feel like we're missing out. This is starting to bother me more, and as I prepare to raise a little girl and hope she grows up to develop deep, meaningful relationships with people (face to face), I've been thinking back on what my friendships looked like before social media.
In late middle and early high school my girl friends and I felt the need to stay so connected we couldn't go an entire school day without passing a multiple-page handwritten note (or several). We'd share the silliest details about each class we'd been to so far, with whom we interacted, and how they made us feel. Although if I had the opportunity to sit down with my middle/high school self I definitely wouldn't take most of her advice, I do admire her desire to really know her friends and her efforts in sharing herself with them.
So, I've decided it's time to act on something I've been wanting to do for a while.
If any of you are interested in joining me in a little penpal adventure this fall, let me know!