There is a fear amongst older people that prevents them from making friends and discovering new relationships. It is such a shame because you are never too old to make new friends. You should never be afraid to meet new people and form new relationships because you only get one life to live so why not fill it with enough love and happiness that you can muster while you are still alive and well? When you get to a certain age, most of your friends are probably as old as you or have already passed and that worries you a lot because you are afraid of being left alone. Keep in mind that even though you’re fifty or older, it’s not too late to meet new people and gain new friends.
Here are a few suggestions on how you can make new friends after fifty:
- The first thing that you have to do is remember that you are not the only who feels this way. There are plenty of other people your age who are as afraid as you are. Remember this the next time a negative thought enters your brain that prevents you from going out and meeting new people. The old person sitting a few chairs away from you could be even more scared than you are. Sit beside him and engage him in a conversation. You might find someone with the same interests as you.
- Sit in a diner or a coffee shop that you frequently go to. You can try walking around or sitting in park benches or hanging out in local bars. Read the paper, order your favorite meal, or people watch. Chances are you will encounter fellow regulars who frequently visit the same bar or coffee shop. Strike up a conversation with someone. If you get along, you can always come back the next day and pick up right where you left off.
- Try going online and join groups or forums for people over fifty years old. These people are probably as scared of going out and meeting new people as you are. You might come across someone who shares your sentiments and interests. Sometimes, all you need is someone to talk to and going online can help you do this without the hassle of actually going outside.
- Show up and attend various community events that cater to people who are fifty years old and above. Play games or have lunch together or go to charity or church events. This is an excellent way to meet people your age and possibly form new friendships with these people.
Once you have convinced yourself that you are not afraid of actually going out and meeting new people, it will be easy to just strike up a conversation with someone and make new friends. Remember that you are never too old to want to hang out with people and form new relationships. You can always make new friends and keep them for life.