Irene Lidia here, hoping this message finds you in a cozy corner of the world 🌍
Today, I want to share something that's been on my mind lately: maintaining friendships with those who aren't digital nomads.
As digital nomads, we often find ourselves in a world that's constantly shifting – new cities, new cultures, and new adventures. It's exhilarating, but it can also create a gap between us and our friends who've chosen a different life.
I remember a friend from back home. We used to be super close, but when I started my nomadic journey, things changed. Our conversations, once filled with shared experiences, started to revolve around my travels and her life back home. It felt like we were living in parallel universes.
Friendship isn't about being in the same place; it's about being on the same page.
This realization hit me hard. I learned that it's not about trying to keep everything the same; it's about adapting and finding new ways to connect.
So, how did my friend and I bridge this gap? Here's what worked for us:
- Regular Catch-Ups: Time zones can be tricky, but setting a regular time for video calls helps.
- Shared Experiences: I started reading the same books or watching the same shows as my friend. This gave us common ground to talk about during our calls.
- Random Check-ins: Surprise them with a text or a funny meme. It's a small gesture that says, "I'm thinking of you."
- Plan Visits: If possible, plan visits or meet halfway. It's a great way to blend your worlds.
- Be Open About Your Life: Share your experiences, but also be an active listener. Remember, friendship is a two-way street.
The beauty of friendship lies in its ability to evolve.
Our friendships might look different now, but they can be just as strong, if not stronger, because of it.
Until next time,
Irene Lidia x
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