Meeting new people
It’s funny. I was having a conversation with someone about our joy in meeting new people while volunteering for events at the USO-NC/RDU, when someone said, “I know so many empty nesters who complain how hard it is to meet new people once they don’t have to attend their children’s events.” That was an eye-opener for me. She’s exactly right, and I am guilty.
We are fairly new to the area and I work out of my house. How easy it is to just stay at home! However, if I just stayed home, I would never meet new people. The very nature of being new to the area and my business requires that I get out and “network.” Even then, I can get into my comfort zone and network at all the same events with all the same people.
How refreshing it was to chat with not one, but two, new people this week that I have a lot in common with. While the meetings were official “one-on-ones” supposed to be about 30 minute chats, and certainly no more than an hour, I believe we could have gone on chatting for HOURS! Business efficient? Perhaps not. Relaxing, entertaining and enjoyable? Absolutely!
If you are feeling stuck in a rut with the same people, try meeting some new ones. How do you meet new people?
- Volunteer somewhere
- Join a club (or visit one to scope it out)
- Get a hobby and interact with others who enjoy the same hobby
- Go to church
- Go to a new restaurant for lunch
- Take a walk and smile at your neighbors
That should be a good start to get you out and meeting new people. Of course, remember to be safe. Unfortunately, everyone you meet is not your best friend. It takes time to get to know people and build up that trusting friendship relationship. On the other hand, you can’t live your life in fear. Go ahead, try something new and meet some new people this weekend!
*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach in the Raleigh area.*