Life as a busy Calgary real estate agent hasn’t given me much time to post on Facebook. Since my son signed me up on it two years ago, almost all I’ve ever done on it was post pretty pictures of my annual trips to Central America and South America with my wife and kids. But now I’m glad I’ve kept it alive, because it’s about to take centerstage in my life as a parent.
Lifesaver for long-distance parents
My 25-year-old daughter has gone off to study at Griffith University in Australia. That’s a long way away and flying there costs an arm and a leg, so we’re stuck with a long-distance arrangement. Facebook now keeps us in touch. Suddenly, it’s become a treasured treat. My heart and my wife’s skip a beat each time we see a status update from our daughter, because that’s the only way we get to know what’s going on in her life. Then we’ve become more eager than we’ve ever been to post our own pictures on our Facebook pages, because our daughter surely misses our times together.
And now that I have much more use for Facebook, it’s opening a whole new world to me. I’m getting a kick out of tracking down my childhood friends and seeing my new friends’ happy times as I share mine with them. And I’ve realized that Facebook could actually be a timesaver rather than a time waster, since with a single post, I could reach out to all my friends and they could in turn reach out to me.
I saw a great example of Facebook’s power to wield miracles during the week of and following the just-past Calgary flood. I was amazed as I read hordes of people shouting out their offers of help and their messages of encouragement and prayers on Facebook for all the flood victims. This has shown me how Facebook can be a great way for us to rally one another to do much good, in the same way that it can make our worst sides go viral. I guess Facebook or other social networking sites are just those: sites, places where people can come together and choose to do good or to spread their malice. The important thing is for us to know which of those two we’re doing with every Facebook post.
So here’s a big shoutout to Facebook and to all the people who make the best use of it! And while we’re at it, why don’t you check me out there and invite me to be your friend?
Would you like a stress-free real estate experience? If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell in the next few months, call me today at 403-259-4141 and I’ll put you and your needs first.
About Brad Willson
Brad Willson has been making home buying, selling and investing in the Calgary area smooth and stress-free for nearly a decade. He is an awardee in the Calgary Real Estate Board Million Dollar Club, a member of the RE/MAX 100% Club and a recipient of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, and is one of the few Certified Condominium Specialists in the Calgary area. Brad is as devoted to his clients as he is to his wife and two children who are now young adults.