If there is one thing that has always been on anyone’s mind, it is friends. No matter your age, friendship is important! However, finding new friends when you have reached 50 and your children have moved out, can be a challenge.
As we age, we have the friends we went to school with, colleagues from work, and parents of those whose children played with yours. After time passes some friendships fade away and some remain but finding new friendships doesn’t come so easy.
Here are a few tips on how to find and make new friends after you have hit a midlife divorce.
- Reaching Out - Now that we have technology at our fingertips, let’s use it. Facebook and Twitter have opened a world of potential friendships waiting to be explored. Message someone who has something in common with you and pick a movie to go see or invite them for a cup of coffee to talk about the latest book each of you read.
- Join a Group - There are online groups where you can meet people in your area who share an interest. You can find a meetup group near you, https://www.meetup.com/topics/over-50/. There you can find groups interested in the same things as you – walking on the weekends, seeing live music, going to the theatre or the movies, and even travel groups. If you are shy and think these groups may not be the right fit, keep in mind, chances are there are others who feel just the same as you.
- Become a Leader - If you can’t find the type of group you are looking for, start your own. You do not have to be an extrovert to start a group. If you have a passion for something, chances are there are going to be others out there who have the same interest you do. Maybe it’s bee-keeping or playing cards.
- Volunteer - A great way to make friends and find people who have similar interests to volunteer. It feels great giving time back to your community and you will meet new people along the way.
- Travel - See places you have always wanted to visit. Whether it’s visiting the next town over or going to another country, there are groups that organize trips all over the world. This creates a bond with someone else who is traveling to the same place you are. You will both have an experience in common that ties the two or three of you together.
Whether you find yourself sitting at home watching TV or scrolling through your friend’s pages online, having a friend to share memories – old and new, makes life worth living. It is essential for health and emotional well-being to create friendships.
There are others facing the same issues; many have faced their fears, explored their passions, used their networks, and have taken chances on finding new friends.
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