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.
So, send a short email or use Skype to stay in touch.
Even if you have to maintain your friendship from a distance, it’s better than losing contact altogether.
The longer you stay in your own cocoon, the greater the chances that you will slip into an even darker mental state, like depression. Once you prepare yourself mentally for the road ahead, it’s time to define what “friendship” means to you.
After all, as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” What do you value most in your friends?
Keep in mind that the first few connections will always be the hardest.
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.
On the other hand, with everyone focused on clicking, it feels like “connecting” has taken on a new, softer meaning.
Like many women, I often feel like I have 100’s of “friends” and no-one to share my deepest dreams and fears with on a daily basis. Despite all of the challenges, it is still clear that making friends and maintaining worthwhile relationships is essential after 60.
Here are a few ideas for making new friends in your sixties. But, the truth is that we all feel lonely from time to time.
I know women in marriages and with big families that feel like they have no-one to talk to. What we do about our feelings of loneliness is a choice! As George Monbiot wrote in this article in the Guardian, “This is the Age of Loneliness.” You are a good person and you deserve true friendship, love and attention.