I’m Older and How Do I Meet New Friends

We are all so busy now and don’t always have time for our current responsibilities, so how could we possibly meet new people.  Maybe your partner is required to like your friends as well.  If they don’t, that hinders the continuation of the friendship.  Your life may be busy with your partner, children and building a career.  How do you make room for friends?

If you are fortunate, you have friends that know your history and you still enjoy each other’s company.

Maybe you just moved to a new community and need to build new friendships?

Friends of a Certain Age:  Why It’s Hard to Make Friends Over 30” by Alex Williamss on NewYorkTimes.com.

As people approach midlife, the days of youthful exploration, when life felt like one big blind date, are fading. Schedules compress, priorities change and people often become pickier in what they want in their friends.

Women’s Groups
One of the main reasons we hear from women who are interested in starting or joining a women’s group is the opportunity to meet other women.   This is a great way to do it.  Though it’s not the only way.

There is a great networking opportunity on Meetup.com where you type in your interests and your zip code, and up will pop different groups already formed that you can join.  Book clubs, spiritual gatherings, hiking, etc. are all there for you to add new people in your life.  If you want to start a women’s group, this is a place you can post your info and others will sign up to join you.

How To Make Friends” on WikiHow.com gives you common sense ideas to help you find and add new people in your life.

Final Thought
If you want to add new people into your life, then create a plan with options on how to do it, reach out and have patience.   It’s not a quick resolution to loneliness, rather enjoy the process of meeting new people.

Be well

Karen & Pat

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