For the past two hours, Jen and I have been hanging out in our living room. But while I have been doing a variety of activities, Jen has simply been responding to emails for a solid two hours…no joke. She had 100 emails in her inbox that were legitimate emails that she needed to respond to. As of now, she has responded to 50 of those emails. And all of this has gotten me to thinking about my own correspondants.
Now, I’m not going to say that I wish I were as well-liked or as popular as Jen to merit a hundred emails in my inbox, but part of me can’t help but wish that I had more people to talk back and forth with. I started to feel a bit sorry for myself, thinking that I just wasn’t as cool as Jen, but then I realized that Jen and I just have very different personalities. She does have that many people in her life that she would consider friends worthy of constant correspondence. Whereas, I also have a good amount of people in my life that I consider friends, I myself don’t feel the need to put in as much effort to keep in contact with all of them. No offense intended to anyone who thinks we’re good friends, but you haven’t heard from me in a while. Basically, I’m kind of a lazy bum when it comes to keeping in touch. If you send me something, I will very gladly respond and keep the correspondence going without problem. It’s just that first step that causes me such problems. So, if that’s my view on life, then I could hardly expect anyone else to respond differently to me than I do to them.
But I do have a select number of friends that I make sure to email every week or so if I haven’t heard from them. Granted, the list isn’t super long, but at least I’m pretty faithful to that list. And unlike Jen, I usually respond to an email sent to me right away, or within a day or two. I don’t like my inbox to feel cluttered. It would drive me crazy otherwise!
So, in conclusion, I’m going to try to be a better long-distance friend and keep in touch with more people. We’ll see how long it lasts. But just know that even if I don’t do the greatest job of keeping in touch, I am thinking about you!