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How did you make your most recent genuine adult friend? I do Cross Fit, which I know is notorious for having a “cult-y” vibe, but it’s truly a wonderful community for making friends.
I switched to a new gym a year ago after moving, and in the year since, I’ve made approximately half a dozen new GOOD friends.
We intentionally check in with each other and try to hang out at least once a week.What did this experience teach you about making friends as an adult? Life can be very busy and as we get older and get married etc., it’s very important to put the effort into growing and maintaining existing friendships.Also, I think it’s important to remember that it’s healthy and sharpening to be friends with people who are different from you and it’s important not to expect them to be like you, but instead celebrate them for being who they were created to be.There’s a wealth of advice for how to conquer the challenge (sign up for a pottery class! ), but very little literature on how the implementation of these protocols actually pans out.We launched a bundle of earrings earlier this week that we’re calling Swimmer’s Ear but which actually encapsulates the simultaneous difficulty and unlikeliness of adult friendship (albeit in the context of marine life). I might be overreaching but it’s a metaphor — a reminder that the tension of the difficulty and unlikeliness makes for the kind of joy you can only embody with the gift of experience under your belt.My mother is almost 70 and made some of her closest friends in the last 10 years, so I know it can happen at all stages of life.My fiancé really struggles to make new guy friends as he feels lame getting in touch with someone on a weekly basis.You don’t have to go out of your way to make time for someone when they’re at a place you already go to.PLUS, it ends up being good incentive to go to the gym when that’s where your friends are!A client introduced me to this girl via email as she thought we would get along.Turns out she grew up around the corner from me and our lives have followed very similar paths.