Finding new friends when over 50 years of age can be a challenge, and also may make one feel like he or she is a loner at heart sometimes.
As we get older, we lose more of our loved ones to death and choices of living places after the career ends. Sometimes people cannot afford to move and those friends are busy working a full schedule while others are missing their friends.
I’m 53 years old and have had many losses of friends and family due to circumstances like these. Luckily for me, I love to exercise and teach exercise. So new friends are built in to my exercise spaces, whether indoors or outdoors, at the yoga studio, health club, or hiking trails. The passionate hobbies and lifestyle activities one chooses are kind of “built-in” reservoirs of friendship opportunities.
If reading is a passion of yours, go to the library. There are so many free workshops, reading groups, and entertainment opportunities that are held at the library. It’s not just the books that bring us in. It is the community. It feels like a safe place to make friends. I encourage my life coaching clients to seek out the library for many activities including making friends.
The grocery store is also a great place of opportunity to meet new friends. I often start conversations in the produce section! You can exchange ideas of food preparation and perhaps spark up a friendship as well. Some grocery stores hold cooking workshops as well. This is a great way to meet people who have something in common with you. Everybody eats...
I hope this helps you, dear readers.