So the other day was a tad difficult. The intermittent rain of autumn has settled down into the permanent grey of winter. Or at least so it seems. A bout of loneliness blew in alongside the grey weather. On my way to do some early morning errands I stopped into a cafe to sip tea and read the newspaper. Suddenly i just wanted an old friend to hug tight and snuggle with. Where was my mommy? Sisters? Lil brother? Closest school friends?
One ocean, 3,000 miles, and five hours time difference away. Impossible to reach. Impossible to touch.
And yet, thanks to the power of technology, my parents are still there for me when I am confused by this whole adulting thing. My little sister still cracks me up daily with goofy faces through SnapChat. And my best friend still manages to offer a shoulder to cry on through long ranting emails and short sweet messages and snaps. I am able to keep in touch with my closest friends through various mediums from print letters to SnapChat and Facebook direct messaging.
I love technology.
I was never a huge social media fan before moving abroad, but seriously, if it wasn’t for FaceTime, Skype, Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat, I would be constantly worrying about my family and friends back at home.
For me, social media is not about portraying my life through the perfect rose tinted filter. Social media is about being able to connect and with and stay connected to more people over a larger geographical space.
If you are afraid of moving abroad, if you are afraid of leaving loved ones behind, just realise that nowadays you don’t have too. Today’s technology makes it so much easier to stay connected to loved ones at home while making new friends around the world. Of course, nothing compares to a giant bear hug or low-key coffee date, but still, just seeing my loved ones’ faces on a computer screen somehow makes things a whole lot easier.