[Maintain Your Long-Distance Friendships] 【維繫遠距離友情】

LDfriendship

[Maintain Your Long-distance Friendships]

By: Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)

Image: 8tracks.com

Some studies may suggest that long-distance relationships with your girlfriend or boyfriend almost always result in breakups. That might be the case, but what about our old friends or high school buddies we rarely see after joining university? If you’ve moved away from home, or live on campus, then there are chances you miss your old friends you used to see daily. But what can one do to keep in touch and maintain a strong friendship even from a distance?

As an international student, I face this problem constantly, but due to the existing inventions in technology, it has never been easier to contact people far away. The key is to not lose touch for long periods of time so as to not be able to relate to the other person, and vice versa. Instant messaging, email or video chatting is usually preferable to social media, since it’s more personal and direct. I try to be involved with my friends’ lives in some way or the other, and be there for them during their good and bad times. It is quite difficult to juggle both past and present lives together, but the memories and fondness for each other always remind us of how fruitful it is to keep in touch. After all, old friends are an integral part of who you are as a person right now. I also like to send hand-written cards or postcards on special occasions, and find it so exciting when I receive one myself.

So don’t wait too long to hit up an old friend you haven’t spoken to for a while and relive the good times you had growing up.

【維持遠距離友情】

文: Riddhi SUKHIA (賽馬會群智堂)

譯: 李亞男 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)

圖: 8tracks.com

一些研究表明異地戀可能導致分手。事實或許如此,但是老友呢?大學后很少相見的高中好友呢?如果你從家中搬了出來,或者住校,很有可能想念那些過去天天相見的老友。那麼,如何去維繫一段跨越千山萬水的深厚友誼呢?

作為一名國際生,我經常面臨這一難題。但由於現存的科技發明,聯繫遠方好友不能更容易。關鍵之處在於不要太長時間失去聯繫,以至於無法再與此人相交,反之亦然。由於更加私人和直接,即時訊息、電子郵件或者視頻聊天比社交媒體更受歡迎。我嘗試用這樣或者那樣的方法融入朋友們的生活,甘苦與共。兼顧過去與當下有些困難,但記憶和雙方情誼總能提醒我們保持聯繫是多么美好!畢竟,舊友是現在的你必不可少的一部分。同時,我也喜歡在特殊時刻給他們寄手寫卡片或明信片,並且也會為收到一張卡片感到激動無比。

別等太久,重溫成長的美好時光,去聯繫一個很久沒有說過話的老友吧!

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