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Step 4 – Rebuilding My Social Network

For a whole host of reasons I had lost touch with many people in the preceding years. Work took most of my time, the children had different needs, I’d had a lot of family ill health so was looking after others in whatever spare time I had available. All of these factors meant that I had not invested time in keeping up with my friends. Losing my social network like that meant that I wasn’t talking with others about the day to day stuff that irritates or worries us or otherwise clogs up our lives.

So, on my evening walks I started to call people I hadn’t spoken to for a while. It’s a really difficult thing to do. I felt anxious that people would be cross with me for not having been in touch or they wouldn’t want to hear from me.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Most of them were in the same place I was, very similar issues in their lives and really pleased I’d made the call. It’s been good to rekindle these friendships and although some of us might not talk all that often, there’s no anxiety about making a call.

If you’d like to get in touch with old friends, you might find it easier to pick up the phone than you think and you’ll likely find them very pleased to hear from you.

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