There Are Places I Remember

Post by Ray 6 years ago - social media marketing - 6 Comments

 

Ray walk on beach

“…some have gone and some remain.” (Lennon & McCartney)

This is my first post since returning from vacation.

I have to admit that it’s hard getting back on board the social media train when you’ve spent a week by the beach with family and friends eating Poutine Rapées and lobsters.

The manic quest to be social online had given way to the much slower paced and rewarding experience of being social in life.

This trip coincided with my 60th birthday. 

Forty years ago, I left Moncton, my family and friends.

I have been “down home” a few times in the intervening years; mostly for funerals and such, but never believed that I’d ever want to go back.  My family didn’t know who I was and I never knew who they were. Adolescence can be very self-centered.

A lot of water has flowed under that crumbling bridge. But it took Facebook to reverse the deterioration and begin rebuilding the link between where I am and where I come from.

I’ve made social media my business because I am passionate about communications.

The technology gives us the ability to reconnect with our family, make voices heard from parts of the world where they are otherwise silenced and helps companies engage with customers.

It was a Facebook update over three years ago that gave me my first “a-ha” moment.

A cousin had posted photos of my Grandmother (who raised me) as well as some family photos of people that I had long forgotten.

I suppose a nostalgia for your home town comes with ageing, but seeing these images made me realize that I am who I am not in spite of coming from where I came from, but because of it – for better or worse. 

They say you can never go home again, but I believe you can go “down home” again.

Has social media made a difference in your life?

 

About Ray Hiltz

Thanks for dropping by. I'm the Director of Digital Marketing for Image-24.com. My background in business includes non-profit (performing arts), restaurants and Promotions. Having moved on from my own strategic consulting company, I now write about what interests me. So in this blog, you may read about my thoughts on marketing, health issues and business culture. You can follow me on Twitter @rayhiltz or @image24Call

6 Responses to “There Are Places I Remember”

  1. Happy birthday!  I actually found the same thing, even tho Facebook has actually cause a number of hurt feelings and slights in my family – for the most part it has brought us closer together (my extended family that is).  I think a recent family reunion wouldn’t have happened without it, actually.

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  2. Happy birthday!  I actually found the same thing, even tho Facebook has actually cause a number of hurt feelings and slights in my family – for the most part it has brought us closer together (my extended family that is).  I think a recent family reunion wouldn’t have happened without it, actually.

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    • Thanks, Jeffrey. 
      Georges & I hosted a family party at the cottage Friday and it went amazingly well. I think because I had the opportunity to carry on an ongoing conversion with many of them online, it sort of acted as reunion foreplay. 

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