Have You Let Your Friendships Fade Away?

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It's Not Too Late to Change It

Have You Let Your Friendships Fade Away?Last month, The Boston Globe published an article with a pretty surprising headline… at least at first glance. But chances are, if you’re middle-aged, it fits you to a T. The headline read: “The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness.”

It’s not easy to admit you’ve shortchanged your friendships, but if you take a long, hard look at your life, you’ll see the truth.

Work and family take precedence as we age and maintaining friendships becomes more of an option than a necessity. The weekend trips, grabbing a beer after work, and homecoming weekend reunions fade away just gradually enough that we don’t realize it.

It’s not too late to turn it around, though.

As award winning journalist Mary Schmich said, “Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.”

Thanks to North Carolina Delta Chapter, you have many brothers who knew you when you were young, and a total of 1,170 brothers of all ages with whom you already share a common bond. Being a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon is a lifelong commitment, so take advantage of your membership. Come to an event, visit the house, check out headquarters or local alumni chapter events in your area, or use our online directory to look up the first brother that popped into your head as you’re reading this.

Get in touch. Start reconnecting. And let us help you do it! That’s what NC Delta is here for—to help you maintain the friendships that were built to last a lifetime.