The Subtle Way We Make New Friends… As Adults 

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We miss those days when we were kids, and making friends was as easy as sharing your favourite biro or having the same favourite television show? Back then, making friends was effortless, but as we get older, we realize that making new friends can be a whole task. Whether you’re new to a city, started a new job or just looking to expand your social circle, making new friends can be an anxiety-ridden process.

As adults, we may find ourselves in situations where we’re forced to make friends like starting a new job or going to social events. However, finding those lifelong companionship bonds takes some time, patience and maybe even some boldness. A good place to start making new friends as an adult is in places that catch our interests like clubs, groups, or hobbies. Finding others that share our interests can lead to a sense of community and a higher likelihood of forming lasting relationships. And it’s always a great conversation starter.

It’s natural to feel anxiety or awkwardness when approaching someone new, but that’s okay because we’ve felt it too. A simple hello or even a smile can open the door to a new friendship. Not to forget to mention, a simple reply to an Instagram story. Yup, the one of that person that you’ve been wanting to shoot that friendship shot at. Also, remember that it’s never too late to make new friends. 

Friendships are built on shared interests and common experiences, so always try new things and meet new people.

We recently made some new friends while attending a concert, and we’re so glad we did! We met some amazing individuals who love the same kind of music as us, and after talking, we realized we have other things in common too. We exchanged numbers, followed each other on social media, and even planned a weekend hangout. It felt great adding some spice to our uneventful adult life. 

We try to always be open-minded and put ourself out there. We’d give out compliments that we actually mean, and strike a random conversation. Sometimes you just have to make the first move because the other person might just be as shy as you or worse. Friendships can start with a simple hello or smile, and who knows where that will take you?

In conclusion, making friends as an adult can seem daunting at first, but with time and effort, it can be done. Keep in mind that friendships are a two-way street, so be kind, genuine and make an effort. Be the friend that you want to have, and don’t be afraid to be yourself. Who knows, you might just find your new bestie around the corner. But don’t go replacing us now!


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