How to Find Female
Friends After 50
Our friendships evolve over time, it’s just a fact of life. When we’re younger, we’re surrounded by a lot of contextual friendships. Our social circle consists of our kid’s parents, our work colleagues, fellow church goers and folks from our communities. Remember how much fun block parties were when our children were little? Those community driven events tend to dwindle when the kids grow up and move away!
Our social circles change dramatically as we get older. Some of us discover that our entire lives have been wound up with either family or work. And once the children grow up and move away, women look around and realize that for the first time in a long time, we’re really on our own.
Friendships after fifty are so important and having an active social life is really good for our health. At this point in our lives, we’re really not interested in petty competition or other HS-like drama; we just want to find a couple of like-minded women who just gets our sassy selves. However, making new friends can feel intimidating.
If you’re shy and reserved, it might be difficult at first but you need to just try to be proactive and friendly. Here are a few other simple suggestions to help you get started making new female friends:
- Take a class – I really believe that it’s never too late to learn and, since most of us are empty-nesters, we might have more time on our hands to focus on some of our intellectual interests and passions. Whether it’s an art class, or continuing education, go outside of your comfort zone and sign up for a class.
- Join a Church or Community Group – I’m really involved with my church and have been for a while. I make sure to reach out to new members to make them feel comfortable and let them know they’re welcome. If you’re moving to a new area or just need to step out, join your local church or look into a community group.
- Volunteer – There are so many volunteering opportunities that are also a great way to meet new people and forge new friendships. My favorite nonprofit is Sunshine on a Ranney Day, based here in Atlanta. You can also volunteer at a homeless shelter, pet rescue or soup kitchen and at other philanthropies in your area.
- Support Groups – If you’ve recently suffered a loss, I know getting back out there can be difficult; finding a bereavement support group in your community will help you deal with your grief while meeting other women who are also walking a similar path.
Do you have any other friendship making tips? Share with us in the comments!
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