On making friends in your 30s and beyond…
Whether you are in your 20s, 30s or beyond, anytime after we leave the sandbox, making new friends always feels a little bit awkward. We wonder what to say, whether we’ll be liked, or whether we’ll be viewed as pathetic. If the other person doesn’t seem interested, we start having self-doubts. It’s easy to see how these attitudes can get in the way of making new friends.
Perhaps, we need a good dose of reality. There’s not much to be lost by getting over the awkwardness and reaching out. If the very worst thing were to happen, rejection, we are no worse off than when we started.
Writing for the website HelloGiggles, Candace Ganger compiled a list of 9 ways to reach to make friends while in your 30s. She mentions that she gleamed some of them from The Friendship Blog, writing:
“Making friends in your 30s doesn’t have to be the worst thing ever, even if it feels intimidating. Get out of your comfort zone…At this point, what do you have to lose except loneliness?”
If one or more of these suggestions resonate with you, it’s worth giving it a shot.
You can read the HelloGiggles article in its entirety here.
What stops you from you initiating contact with someone with whom you would like to be friends?