I’ve come to learn a lot this past week and I have rediscovered some childish desires (dancing for no apparent reason and swimming during pouring rain, to name a few) and fulfilled them. The most important thing I learnt is the amount of people I missed because they are far away from me; through distance and through communication.
Communication is so important nowadays. We latch onto our ‘friends’ on social media like leeches in order to feel loved. But what about those who aren’t on these social networking platforms? It’s not difficult for anybody today. We are connected through ways more than one. Then why did I miss people far away from me? I missed people because even though I could “ping”, “poke”, “like” or dislike (which I don’t see very often), subscribe to or E-mail to their accounts, I was talking to their photos on their profile pictures rather than talking to THEM. The human connection was missing. Well then, a video call should do the trick, right? But then I have to deal with frozen faces and a lapse in audio and video. You know that annoying part during a video chat when they look more like a photograph on your screen? To top it off, it’s always when they’re talking something important or they’re stuck on a weird face they made while talking, which kind of scares you (also when there is bad lighting and their face looks entirely black but only the screen light reflects in their eyes). At times, I can hear them ramble on while they are frozen with this weird face.
I love technology, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t about the disadvantages of technology or to preach about us being addicted to it, this post is to make those people away from me know that I miss cracking jokes with them that make absolutely no sense to anybody else (with or without context), miss laughing at something you misheard as they spoke, miss receiving hugs from them that make you feel that the world is a happy place, miss having to hear life stories from them with such excitement that you smile seeing them talk like that, miss having to have an intellectual discourse with them where there is a constant smile across their face (the “I told you so”, “You’re so naive” or “I know, right?” kind of smiles), miss fighting over games, where one person tries to show off or try to cheat and miss having to be a shoulder to cry on during times of need.
For all those away from me, whether it’s a step away or continents away, I miss your company…