Ask Angel – Friends at Distance

How is it that I’m in the same building as my friends for 2 or 3 days a week but still feel so far away from them?

-Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

Hey! Thank you so much for asking. I know it’s really annoying to not be able to see someone you’re close with even though you’re in the same building, and I totally understand how you feel because I only see my friends after school for like two minutes before I have to get on the bus to go home. I think the best thing you can do is to text your friends more, do fun activities with them, and start watching a TV show with them that neither of you have watched before.

Texting your friends is a really good way to get in touch with them because you can text each other for as long as you want and it’s really easy. I personally prefer texting over calling or in person interactions because I can multitask whereas if I were to talk to them in person, you feel more obligated to hold a conversation which eventually ends up being awkward and no one wants that. It’s also really good because it’s the easier thing to do. You could just check up on them, tell them about this cool place you can go to once covid’s over.

You can do fun activities (while maintaining distance between yourselves) like hanging out somewhere that isn’t too crowded like a track, a park, or something similar. You could catch up and just talk about whatever. I think somewhere outdoors would be ideal because you have a lot of space to socially distance and run around or do whatever you want. Being outside is just good for you in general so it’s a win-win. You get to see your friend and you’re getting some Vitamin D.

Watching a new TV show is always fun. You can do it safely by just calling or texting your friend while you’re at your own respective homes and start watching at the same time. It’ll be like you’re there with each other because you’re talking the whole time. You’re spending time with each other and you don’t have to do that in person in order for it to be fun. I’ve done it before and it’s always a blast. You could also make it a regular thing by watching the show/movie at a certain time on a certain day and make it your thing.

It’s really important to stay in touch with your friends. Especially in times like this when you can’t see anyone. These are obviously not all the many ways you could stay in touch and get closer to your friends, but it shouldn’t take a lot of effort to stay close with your friends anyways so I really hope this helped. To summarize, you can text your friends more to avoid possibly awkward face to face interactions, you can set up plans to hang out, and you could start up something new together.

Signed,

Angel