Hi Barbara…I’m really glad you posted this thread. I once was very proud of the multiple and lengthy close friendships my wife and I had. I always used to say that “a person’s true wealth could be measured in the quality friendships they had. ” Easy for me to say then—-not so easy now….Over the last 5 years I’ve lost friends to leaving the area, death and disagreements. The ones I’ve lost over disagreements confound me the most.—-My wife and I have had a few conversations over this topic. I’m 62 and marvel at how life is in a constant state of flux—-always moving—-whether I like it or not!—The truth is, is that voids are left in place of the rich, meaningful relationships. I miss them greatly……..I happened upon an article recently on Yahoo! that did some research on this very subject. A survey was taken and the results of that indicated that only a small percentage of friendships last—-at least in America. Indeed, I was talking to my son about this topic ( he’s 31) and the amount of contact with his childhood friends is non-existent and he still lives in the town he grew up in!
Rhiannon, As someone who has moved a lot, especially when I was younger, I can empathize with your situation. The hardest part is always in the beginning when you know no one and can feel isolated and alone. Have patience, it will get better. It sounds like your already doing some great things with your yoga and dance classes. I’m guessing that those activities will pay BIG dividends in new and most importantly, quality friendships. As time passes and your personal network grows, I know you’ll find great people to be great friends with. You’ll be off and running with new and rewarding relationships and be wondering how you could’ve ever been lonely.
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