We all have a need for community, connection, friendship and belonging. For some of us, it may feel challenging to make new friends as an adult. We may find that the people we meet have different lifestyles than us, are in different phases of life, or already have an established circle of friends. Perhaps we feel nervous about putting our self out there or worry about being rejected. Or maybe we aren't sure how to go about meeting people who share similar interests as us. Some of us may have old friendship wounds that make it challenging to open ourselves back up.
Friendships are important for our overall sense of emotional and social fulfillment. We may not be able to fulfill all of our friendship needs in one person. Some friends can help us fulfill our needs for fun, adventure, or enjoyment. Other friends may help fulfill emotional needs through deep talks, listening with non-judgment, and giving and receiving reciprocal support. Understanding what we need from our friendships is important and helps us ensure we surround ourselves with the right kinds of people.
How can you meet new friends? Here are a few ideas, what would you add to the list?
*Explore meetups or other local events that interest you
*Pursue your hobbies and interests, and be open to meeting new people who share similar interests
*Be open, approachable, and curious when you are out in public
*Be willing to engage in and initiate conversations with people you don't know
*Reach out to people you haven't connected with in awhile
*Invite people in your network to join you at events or activities
So - What are YOUR friendship goals, desires, or needs?
What kinds of friendships would you like to cultivate?
What kinds of experiences do you want to have with friends?
How can you meet new friends?
How can you enhance or strengthen existing friendships?
Share your thoughts about friendship below, I'd love to know what you think!
I work with people who want to find clarity and make aligned decisions about how to move forward for more connection, joy, and fulfillment. I help them revision their path, strengthen self-trust, and break free from limits so they can express themselves more authentically and create more of their desired life experiences.