I’ve just got back from Sunday lunch at the pub with an old housemate I haven’t seen for about a year. I had such a nice afternoon that it made me realise I really need to make more time for my friends.
Not having the time or money isn’t really a valid excuse. You can make the time (even if it’s just 20 minutes) for a quick catch up on the phone or to nip round for a cuppa and a biscuit.
I tend to think that since moving to Brighton five years ago I don’t have many close friends here — but actually, I do. I just don’t put the time and effort into maintaining those friendships. True that some of my longstanding friends are in Northampton, where I grew up, but I also have plenty of people here too that I can have a good laugh with and I know would be there if I needed them. I’m making a mid-year’s resolution to stay in touch with the people that really matter to me — ones that are just down the road or 200 miles away.