The other day my friend called me and I told her I couldn’t talk because I was at work. It was a pretty busy day and the fact that my boss sitting right beside me didn’t help. She didn’t mind and told me she’d call me later. It has been more than a week since and I still haven’t talked to her.
She called me later that day but I couldn’t take it because I slept early. When I checked my phone in the morning, I made a mental note to text her that I’ll call later. I couldn’t do it right away because I was getting late for work. When I reached office, I had a huge pile of work to do. By the end of the day my exhausted brain had flushed the reminder out of my mind.
This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me. I keep on thinking to get in touch with friends that I don’t see very often but something keeps coming up. It’s not always work, often I just keep putting it off till it slips my mind.
I know a lot of people have complained about this several times. And rightfully so. We live in an era where the world is on our fingertips 24/7 and yet we can’t take ‘time’ out for those close to us. Even if I have to call a friend, I have to decide a date and time to do so.
12 pm today? I wouldn’t even be up by then!
Afternoon? Will be busy with lunch and chores. So not possible.
5 pm? Ami comes home by that time. Nope.
7 pm today? Not possible, family time.
8 pm? No, I’ll be watching TV.
10pm? Maybe if I’m not caught up with something (usually a movie).
11pm? Too late and I’ll be sleepy.
Ok this weekend is final. Can’t do, need to go some place OR someone is coming over at my place.
As you must have noticed, the above is clearly about the time I was jobless. Yet I had countless reasons that stopped me from giving old friends a mere call. I’m sure when I get old and ready to die and reflect on my life, one of my biggest regret will be ignoring friends that are very important to me and that I never tried to take time out to tell them that.
Ah, too much sentiment. A chemical defect as Sherlock rightly said. Not sure if it makes you a loser though. Writing about it though, maybe. 😛