Getting Older – Friends Can Slip Away

by | Jul 19, 2017 | Mental Health

Friends in our past can slip away while getting older. Life kicks in and memories about old friends may fade away. Maybe you remember how your friend supported you during a tough time. Or you recall someone that always made you laugh. Sometimes a reason to call a friend from the past comes when we least expect it.

I had a conversation with someone I haven’t seen in a long time. We talked briefly,  and inquired about a mutual friend I haven’t seen in almost ten years. Why don’t you call her? She would love to hear from you, and gave me her phone number.

The phone number was on my list of things to do for many, many weeks. Excuses surfaced; maybe the friend doesn’t want to to remember old times. While procrastinating to call a friend passed away. Unfortunately, I didn’t know she was ill. I was extremely sad because I didn’t have an opportunity to talk to her during her illness. We shared many good times together.

The sadness of her was the motivation to call my old friend. She was surprised to hear my voice. We talked and talked about the past. Shared lots of photos. Laughed and talked about challenging life experiences. It was a great conversation. She agreed.

Well, maybe “someday is today” to call an old friend.

Please send an email if you called an old friend. I would love to hear your story.


Dr. Barbara

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