Making New Friends As An Adult

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Making New Friends As An Adult

Hey everyone and happy Sunday! As I make my way deeper into my twenty somethings, I find that I have had an increasingly difficult time making new friends. I work for myself, I’m no longer forced to be around anyone because I’m not in school, and, sometimes, talking to new people can be down right scary! Although Lil Red might seem like a confident gal, I still have issues with social anxiety. And, racing thoughts of whether an attempt at small talk will be a hit or miss can leave even the most confident in a tizzy.

But, then, I started utilizing the “what have I got to lose” mindset. The literal worst that can happen is that someone gives you the old “let’s get coffee sometime” and you never do. But, if you’re successful, you could have a brand new friend to get to know and spend time with.

I’ve began putting myself out there more and more lately and, I’ve got to say, it feels great! I’ve been attending different clubs of my interests at the local libraries and have even suggested a hang out with my favorite barista at Starbucks – and it worked! I have also been trying hard to maintain wonderful relationships with my old friends, because a phone works two ways.

I want to continue spending my free time in a meaningful way, and putting forth a better effort to make new friends has definitely helped me achieve this goal. Within just a few months, I feel like my anxiety in unfamiliar situations or speaking with a stranger while out and about has decreased significantly.

I started out small, by striking up a Facebook conversation with the people that I admired from afar and worked my way up from there. And, now, I have a plethora of both new and old friends that I would feel comfortable initiating a hang out with. I’m proud of myself for setting this goal and sticking to it, because meeting new people can be hard. But, once I got over the initial scare factor, it turned out to be an exciting adventure in my life and I’m looking forward to continuing to meet more new potential friends!

Does anyone else experience difficulty making new friends in adulthood? What are some of your tips for putting yourself out there? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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  1. I am 43 and still find it difficult to make new friends. It is such a scary thing to put yourself out there as an adult. The fear of rejection is so real for many people not to mention social awkwardness (both hands in the air over here lol), and insecurity. Making acquaintances is much easier because they require less time, effort, or attachment, and yet it is nowhere near as rewarding as finding deep, lasting connections. If only I were a social butterfly! I have this one friend who can walk in a room and have 10 people flock to her and strive to be her friend. Whats up with that? Paying attention to her has made me realize that most of the time it is us – me – that needs a major shift in my thinking and my social presence. I began a 30 day prayer challenge to encourage and uplift myself, to change how I perceive things and how others perceive me. Already, I have seen major differences, and I am only 3/4 of the way through. Thankbyou for sharing this blog! It really encouraged me!! Blessings!

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