My dear friends, 30, 40, 50, and so on, are just numbers. Your heart will age, but you are still young in spirit. So, age gracefully and rule your adult life on your terms and conditions. There are many tips on how to make friends later in life. So, buckle up because it is never too late to have a new beginning. Try doing things which you have always wished to do, but somehow couldn't. So, let go of all your inhibitions and start new.
Realize and Accept it
Initially, you find it hard to realize that you are lonely. You think "I am fine", but later on the only calls you receive is from telemarketing, you should consider this as a red flag. Yep, you are friendless. It should dawn upon you that your age is never the barrier for your loneliness, all you need to do is gear up for an active social life. Your willingness will make everything fall in place.
Ponder and Reflect
Before you start on your venture of making new friends, it is important for you to be conscious on what kind of friend you want and to what extent you will put an effort for that friendship to grow. Make some lists and strategies and voila! You will have a friend in no time with all the qualities that you wanted.
You need to be the ice breaker. Wherever you go, whether it is a morning walk or shopping at the supermarket, start a simple conversation like greeting them or just giving a warm smile. Gradually, you will find people striking a conversation and mingling with you. And maybe, someday, you will have a special friend among them.
You may have some awkwardness and discomfort on joining clubs, but shun that away. After you join, all your hesitations will disappear. So, relax and enjoy. You can join a book club, gardening club, walking club, and yoga club and participate in all activities. Soon you will be wired to many "kindred souls".
Open Up About Yourself
Let your guard down, become a transparent person. Your vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, instead it opens up the gates of your heart to make an emotional connection. People will accept the way you are. This leads to stronger and meaningful friendships.
You can invite your new acquaintances for lunch or dinner. These invitations will make them feel warm and welcomed. You will feel greater attachment towards your new friends.
Plan For Activities
Always try to keep your meetings upbeat. Stay in constant touch, otherwise your new friends will feel neglected. Discuss and plan for activities like watching a movie together, traveling to a new place together, or arranging a pot luck at someone's house. Whatever activities you do, stick with each other.