It’s never too late to make a new friend.
We all know great friends are hard to come by. As we age, many of our friendships come and go. It’s part of life. While some years feel abundant in friendship, others might fall short. But no need to fret — loneliness is not everlasting. Here’s how to make friends as an older adult.
Get Out There and Engage
One thing is for certain: If you stay home and don’t put yourself out there, you aren’t going to make any new friends! You have to get outside and do things, even if it’s just a long walk around the neighborhood. Wave and say “hi” to anyone you pass.
Follow Your Passions
Always wanted to paint? Sign up for a canvas painting workshop. Interested in learning to salsa? Take a weekly afternoon class. This will help you sync up with like-minded others. Then you can strike up a casual conversation while learning a new craft. It doesn’t have to be something that costs money, volunteering is another great way to connect.
Convert Virtual Friendships into Real Life Ones
If you’re on Facebook, there are lots of groups you can join to meet people with similar interests. Then take the friendship offline and meet at a local coffee shop for an in-person chat. Of course, always use caution — meet in a public place and let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be home again.
Most importantly, try not to overthink it. It’s easy to give up before you even start. Negative thoughts or bad experiences can leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth, but you can move past it. Pursuing a goal of making new friends can open new doors and lead to endless possibilities. So keep your head up and your heart open. You just never know who you’ll meet.