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  • Writer's pictureCaroline King

The art of rekindling

Updated: Aug 16, 2020

Last week I was reunited with a school friend I had not seen for 25 years. We reconnected during an online Networking event, subsequent 121 and then met for coffee and took a trip down memory lane. Meeting Kerry and recalling the spirited schoolgirls we were got me thinking about our respective journeys, never more than 15 miles apart but entirely unconnected until two weeks ago.

I reflected on how some people remain in your life for the long haul whereas others drift back in and out, as though a higher force is sending them or you on a different adventure for a while. And how new people suddenly enter from the side of the stage and you realise immediately that they will be amongst the special ones long-term.

I decided that this was the week I would reach out to some people who have been lynchpins at different points in my life, but I’ve not seen nearly enough of, mainly because real life has got in the way. I have loved giggling with nursery mum friends, meeting my best friend for lunch, arranging a socially distanced stroll in the park, hearing from a very good friend who reminded me that I’m still one of them (our old friendship group) and exchanging messages with my old desk-mate who I literally grew up with in my old job. That is just the start of it as I am on a roll now.

Life is busy, chaotic and routines seem to have gone south. But people, friendships and bonds are enduring. Do not let a lack of time get in the way of reminding somebody that just thinking about them makes you smile and how they will always occupy a special space in your heart.

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