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With all the talk of relationships up ins lately it's been making me dizzy. But let's talk about the non-romantic, non-carnal relationships for a bit.
Two days ago I got an instant message from someone I had not heard from in 3 years time. This guy lives in Arkansas and we became internet friends when I was in middle school and the net was young. We met on an internet message board about pokemon and other such interests and really seemed to get along. He was a good social outlet for my awkward young teen years and would share our absurdest humor, stories about life and all that rubbish.
So I haven't heard from this guy since the last spontaneous "Hey, how's things been going!?" talk we had early in college. The last time I was in regular contact with him I was in high school and was dealing with a lot of social issues stemming from virtually all of my friends going to another school and essentially ditching me. For a time, though we had never met, you could say I considered him my best friend.
He asked me how I was, asked about college and if I had graduated, I let him know that I still had to make up a few points in my GPA but I'd served my 4 years dutifully. I find he's graduated community college and works with computers. That's cool. The topic shifts to my life, which leads to my girlfriend. I talk about her at length as I often find myself doing. I halt myself and ask what his status is with the opposite sex. He doesn't have a girlfriend. It turns out he's never had a girlfriend. He's 21 years old. He's more than halfway to the 40-Year-Old Virgin. I throw some pointers out but he seems disinterested like he's given up on women.
This hurts me because I used to be that guy, but I used college as a medium to break out of my shell. Josh hadn't done that. It kind of depressed me. It's one of a few things we talked about that made me realize how much happier I am now than I was just a few years ago and how sad I feel for him still being the same guy roughly that I talked to in my awkward years.
I've had a theme of reunion this year and in some cases it seems people have been in stasis over the last 4+ years, others it turns out grew up so much faster when I wasn't looking. It's been a surreal experience. I've got this dread in the back of my brain that I'm going to run into that ex-girlfriend from freshman year of high school but I would hope she's dropped her obsession after 8 years.
So reunions, re-acquaintances, catching up on old times. How about that huh?