Guide to Forming Friendships
One of the key aspects of later life should be the forming of new friendships, particularly once we've retired from work.
One of the benefits that work gives us is social contact, with all the benefits that brings. Most of us like social interaction and talking to people but, more than that, it helps us to keep mentally alert, it can help us to keep physically active (depending on the activities that we choose to do) and the social contact that we get through work can lead to close and lasting friendships. Potentially, all those things are lost when we retire, including the friendships.
Typically, we keep in touch with our ex-colleagues for a year or so and then the contact starts to wane and after two years or so the only contact we have with most of them is an exchange of Christmas cards. We might keep in touch with one or two but, for the most part, those friendships disappear.
It sometimes becomes even more important if, in retirement, we move to a new area or lose a partner. In both cases it might be even more important to meet new people and form new friendships.
So we need other ways of meeting
people and forming new friendships, with all the benefits that brings. In many
ways, the situation is just like work in that some of the new people that we
meet will remain as casual acquaintances but others will become good friends.
Think about the people you've met through the years at work - no doubt the
situation is or was the same.