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Friends are precious. They are a part of one's life that can not be exchanged for anything else. I, personally, learned this the hard way.
When you live for a long period of time in a different country it is only natural that you loose contact in a way. Or that is what people were telling me. I tried with all I had to continue my everyday relations with my friends, but I couldn't find a way to do it. It just didn't happen. You can't talk as often as you used to, you are not at the same place, different things are important in the everyday life. At first I was pissed. I thought to myself "OK, fine, it is not working, so I am going to find new friends here"
Do you want to know a secret? Real friends come once in a lifetime. You don't just leave the ones that are away and find new. For me, my closest friends have always been like a family. When we stayed out of touch for a while, I found myself to be miserable. I was feeling stressed and lonely, and depressed.
Then one of those friends came up with a scheme how to stay in touch - she got us all together on Skype and told us "Look, the fact that something is broken doesn't mean it does not worth fixing it. We need to find a solution". She purposed that we all (because I wasn't the only one living away at that time) send postcards to each other. One starts and sends a card to someone of the group. He/she as soon as get the card (it must be the next day) sends another card to a person of his/hers choosing (often after asking in secret someone who hasn't got a card soon) and so on.
At first, the cards were just something like "Love, Yavor" and "Greeting". In time they really became our connection, our channel. We started writing more things, we started sharing small everyday things like "I hope you like this card, I had to walk 10 blocks in 35 degrees heat for it!" or "Sorry for the chocolate on the side, I just had a great breakfast"It was wonderful! It saved us like a group (and like persons in a way) in our darkest moments. In the end I firmly believe that there is no such thing as impossible connection. There is only such thing as true friendship.