Dating an old friend

There are millions of wonderful people in the world who want more friends, people just like you.But, in order to find them, you need to face your fears, explore your passions, use your network and, most importantly, take a chance on reaching out to others. That might seem strange to hear, coming from someone who started a community of 50,000 women over 60.No matter what your preferences, it pays to be conscious in your choice of friends. First, and most obviously, when you know what kinds of friends you are looking for, you can choose to engage in activities that will give you an opportunity to meet new people of your choosing.For example, are there political, religious, sports, social or other groups that you could reengage with?Keep in mind that the first few connections will always be the hardest.The more people you are able to connect with, the easier it will be to find other long-lost friends.

They might be nervous to reach out to you, thinking that you are “too busy” to take their call.

Even if you feel a bit awkward at first, don’t let your feelings hold you back.

Yes, people are busy and there is a chance that you won’t get a response.

Second, taking the time to think about what friendship means to you will make it more likely that you will see opportunities to start conversations in more natural settings – at the supermarket, in the post office, or in the park.

So, give some thought to what you’re looking for in a friend. Friendship takes time, effort and advance planning.

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