As kids, making friends was easy as there were endless of opportunities to make one. It could be from your school, neighbours, tuition classes, parties, or from your music or sports classes. And it somehow felt much easier to extend friendship with other kids during those innocent and carefree days. When you become an adult, many things get in your way from growing your friend circle. Your working hours, office workload, family, and other activities filling up your day, leaving little room for other activities.
Somehow, as we grow older, our circle of friends tend to become smaller, keeping and maintain friendship that matter the most to you. However, don’t let your busy day-to-day schedule withdraw you from building healthy friendships. There are many simple ways you can still make new friends outside your colleagues and existing friends, just in different ways.
1. Finding someone at a music festival
Although music festivals and events scene is at a halt currently, but when life goes back to normal, concerts and parties can be a place of interest for friendship. There’s nothing more exciting than sharing similar taste in music or artist while partying away. You can always meet someone at a music festival or any events in that matter to spark new conversations with other individuals or a group of people. It’s very exciting creating new friends as an adult, as you will have many things to share and talk about.
2. Meeting someone at the gym
If you’re a timid type of person, then gyms will be your best shot. When at the gym, the people surrounding you share similar interest and passion with you, which is fitness. So, the best conversation starter can be about anything encircling fitness, health, weight loss, or even the about the equipment you’re on! So the next time you smile at someone at the towel counter, while working out or in the locker room, be quick to fire up a conversation! You may never know where that conversation can take you.
3. Bonding with the neighbour
An easy way to embrace new people in your circle can be by hitting it off with your neighbour. We say this is easy because you are bound to somehow bump into one another frequently, so why not turn that into a friendship? Take turns in inviting them over to each other’s houses, play sports, potluck dinners, movie nights, or even set-up play dates if you have children of the same age. Things you can do together is endless and it’s always fun to have friends staying just a stone throw away.
4. Taking on solo adventures
Solo adventures are about two main things; finding yourself and making new friends. When you travel alone, you will be meeting new people almost everywhere you go. However, be alert and cautions with who you become acquainted with. Best way to meet new people is by joining a group of people embarking on an adventure. Be it trekking, carpooling, sightseeing, or sharing the same hostel. You may never know how striking a conversation with a complete stranger can change your life.