It’s Thursday! This week is flying by, and obviously I have no complaints about that! Did anyone see the NBA Finals games last night? It was definitely epic and I was so excited and happy about the outcome. But anyways, today is POV Thursday, where I give my point of view or opinion on topics related to spirituality, relationships, or both. Today, the topic is Where to Meet New Friends.
As you mature and age, it can be harder and harder to make new friends. Sometimes, seems many people have established their friendships and are not interested in expanding their circle or reaching out to new people. That being said, there are also many people who are in search of new friends, but just may not know where to look. I have given my top three ways that I have managed to make new friends post grad.
- Social Media
While it may not seem typical, one can develop great relationships from social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have led to the formation of numerous friendships and romantic relationships alike. Safety is of vital importance when meeting someone in person that you have been messaging online, but as long as proper precautions are taken, it can potentially lead to something great. I have heard many couples claim to have met on Instagram. I personally met one of my now closest friends on Twitter. I did not know her at all, but one day we randomly struck up a conversation from a single tweet about music. We began a conversation and eventually exchanged numbers. Today, I have known my friend for three years, and we have a strong friendship that all began off a single simple tweet. If someone strikes up a conversation with you, consider engaging. Maybe even be the one to strike up a conversation with someone, you never know what may come of it. Not everyone has negative intentions and may just be looking for a new friend. There are also many Facebook groups that allow people of similar interests to interact and converse with each other with an interest already established.
- Meet Up
‘Meet Up’ is a fairly new app that allows people with similar interests to meet up in public and engage in an activity enjoyed by all. There are numerous meet ups in most cities for many different activities such as meditation, sports, reading, concerts, fitness, games, and much more. I have used ‘Meet Up’ before, and I actually met a great group of people that I consider friends to this day. Why it may be nerve racking to meet up with people who are essentially complete strangers, sometimes the anonymity makes for the most interesting and fun nights. You may even develop a real friendship or two over time if you attend multiple gatherings.
- Spiritual/Religious Gatherings
For a more spiritual individual, I would say that seminars and retreats are a great way to meet new people. I have been to a host of spiritual seminars due to my job, and I must say that I have seen many genuine friendships begin, thrive, and flourish from attending. While many seminars can be in a professional capacity, there is still room to network and make connections. Tybro Inc is a great company that offers seminars and products on spirituality and enlightenment. For more religious individuals, church can be a wonderful place to meet new people. Many churches, large and small, have congregations that will offer many social gatherings and events in order for you to make a new friend. Getting involved is the most important aspect, in a sense you have to put yourself out there in order for people to get to know you.