Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tip#545: Make Time for Face-To-Face Friendships – American Pie Reunion

I'm happy to say I successfully stayed off technology and any social media while away on my 4 day camping trip! That's why I felt like a superhero when one of my camping buddies was surprised to receive my last blog post while we were out in the woods! As mentioned in the previous post tip#544, I had set it to auto post for Sunday morning. My friend subscribes to this blog so he got the post instantly via email even though I wasn't on any tech and with him the whole time!

I knew my camping weekend would be rejuvenating and it truly was. And what made it special was getting together with friends I only see once or twice a year. We shared stories, our dreams and goals, rude jokes and what it's like still being single or being in a couple. We did this under clear blue skies next to a shimmering lake surrounded by lush green trees AND sharing in delicious foods and drink! As much as I love Facebook, social media cannot match the sheer power of face-to-face interactions.

American Pie Reunion 2012

The comedy American Pie Reunion is actually the fourth part of the original series despite eight movies having been produced. It is 13 years after graduating high school and the original gang has all moved onto various paths in life. Jim (Jason Biggs) is married and has a 2 year old son with wife Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and Stifler (Seann William Scott) is still a crude, obnoxious jerk but now in a corporate environment.

They all get together for a Class of 1999 reunion and it gives them all (and us) a chance to see what happened to their high school friends. It was amazing to see all the original cast back together! And, as in all the American Pie films, there is much raunchy humour sprinkled with lots of heart about friendship. It was a mirror for the bliss I felt getting together with friends on my recent camping trip. I was reminded of why I loved each and every one of them over the years.

Social media like Facebook can be an amazing tool to building contacts and relationships. Just remember to also make time for face-to-face interactions. Take time to cultivate your friendships by getting together over good food and drink. And do yourself AND everyone around you a favour and DO NOT text when you are together! Be off technology and just be in the moment with the people you are with in the flesh!

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