I have been so alone and lonely for so long. I am tired of feeling lonely and alone. I used to turn to WH, that was fruitless.
I don't interact with other adults. I don't know if I even know how. Put me in a room full of kids and I'm fine, I understand the innocence and hope. But I am not a child.
I have basically been a recluse for over a decade. I don't drive, I don't go places. I stay home and take care of the family and the home. I don't know how to do something that is supposed to be natural.
I think I would make a great friend. Not trying to be vain, I promise. But how do you make friends?
Feeling kind of stupid as I type this...
ETA: Or throw a G2G in your area. It doesn't have to be anything big, you can have it at the local wing and pizza place and just hang out with folks that won't judge you and know exactly what you are going through!
[This message edited by StillLivin at 1:48 PM, February 10th (Monday)]
Please don't feel stupid. You're not.
Look to the kids you mentioned for clues. They will walk up to someone and ask, "want to be my friend? Want to play ____?"
It still works the same way as we get older or taller.
Do you have neighbors? Do you have public transportation in your area? Do you go anywhere with your kids? Do you have a church family?
These are the avenues to meet and make new friends. You like kids, having a Mom and her kids over for a play date is a great way to meet up.
If there is transportation in your area look for a meetup group. Church can be a good place to meet people. I find that as adults we assume everyone else is too busy and yet most people would like to have more friends!
I don't seem to know how to make friends. I've been told it's because I'm too smart, too honest, too...whatever.
I just can't seem to make a real friend. Someone who wants to call me to check in on me and would like me to call them. Someone I can joke with or that will call me if she needs a hand with something.
I have lots of acquaintances. I see them, volunteer with them. We're on friendly terms, but for the most part when our time together is done, there's no extra reaching out, KWIM?
So I analyze what I did, what I said...what's wrong with me that I'm alone.
It can be crazy making and make you feel more alone. So that's the only answer I have as a fellow friend seeker. I hope just you knowing you're not alone in this will help somewhat.
I joined a book club and I love it. Book stores, libraries, churches, etc have ongoing book clubs open for members. I have gotten close to a few of them.
I tell people I am tired but really my heart is broken and I am sad.
As for talking to new people, it's pretty easy. I've been told that I'm great at making small talk. I wasn't always like that. I had severe Social Anxiety Disorder and still do have it to some degree. I've just managed to work around it.
For instance, if you join a book group, you can walk up to someone and say, "Hey did you read so-and-so's new book? What did you think?" or "I really want to read something new and different. Have you read anything you loved lately?"
After that all you have to do is let them talk. People love to talk about themselves and share their opinions. You just have to add little comments here and there, "Oh yeah, I heard that was excellent!" or "That's really interesting!"
Its like anything, it gets easier with practice.
Trust is like paper. Once it's crumpled it can never be perfect again.
If you don't know how to interact with other adults, it's ok! Take it slow and don't be discouraged. I think so many adults are in the same boat. I don't know if it's an inability though. I think it's actually caution, waiting for some common ground, a need to become relaxed around certain people, and maybe some fear and insecurity.
Are you a mom? If so, there are so many ways to meet people. Even if your kids are older.
*Volunteer at their school. Make it twice a week. And even if their teacher doesn't need it, other ones do.
*If you have younger children, arrange play dates and invite the other mom(s) for coffee.
*Look on FB for moms groups, or just groups in general that do scrapbooking. I will tell you, I did the scrapbooking thing for a while. I HATE SCRAPBOOKING. Don't really have the time. But it was time spent with friends, and that's what I needed.
Even if you don't have children, there are lots of ways to get out there. Just remember to not give up.
*If you are spiritual, find a church and attend on Sundays. Also, many churches have women's groups that meet for many reasons: Bible study, moms support, divorce care, etc.
*You don't have to know how to bowl to join a league. And I promise you they will pull you in, even if you're not very good. Many meet during the weekday, and it's not very expensive.
*I met most of my friends by volunteering with the Boy Scouts. It took a little while, but they are some of the best people I know.
*Local Book Clubs
*I have a friend who found some groups via the internet, that interested her: paranormal, archeology, plants.
There is so much out there. You just have to decide for yourself to get up and go make the effort. I was a SAHM for 18 years, when I finally decided to leave my ex WH. I let go of my shyness, and put myself out there. I discovered people actually liked me, and that all along it had been my XH who'd made me think I'd never do well with people.
Good luck! And remember... there are always many of us here who could always use a good friend too
True Love: What I have for my beautiful children.
I know exactly what you are talking about. I am living it too.
In my case, I am great at small talk. I can go to every meet up, tons of churches, etc. etc. and have lots of acquaintances.
The problem is I can't seem to cross over into friends. I don't have any either. I have been this way since my late teens. Obviously I am doing something really wrong in that department.
I have gotten used to being a loner. It rarely bothers me any more. I still keep trying to make a true friend....but I now have no expectations of having a friend, so it is what it is.
[This message edited by Chrysalis123 at 10:05 PM, February 10th (Monday)]
Everyone else is right! Take a cooking class or join a book club! What are your hobbies??
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We all need a good friend or two, someone we can lean on and can lean on us. I hope we're all able to find them.
Honestly, when I posted this, I knew much of the advice I was going to receive...it's the same sort of thing that I would say to someone else.
It is just so very hard. Not trying to make excuses. Really, I'm not. My truth simply IS that I have allowed myself to be isolated, alienated, what have you...
Going places to meet people is extremely difficult when the same person you rely on for transportation is the very one that slowly guided you into being a recluse, a shut-in.
I am reaching out. It may only be in an anonymous forum, but it is still reaching out. For me, this is HUGE!
It took a long time for me to get so beaten down. And I had a lot of help from one that I thought was supposed to support me and lift me up. I am not so foolish as to think climbing back (and relying primarily on my own strength) will be quick or easy.
Thank you for the encouragement and suggestions. I will be following some of the advice that has been given. It may take me a little while, but I will get there. Baby steps are just fine by me.
And though we may never meet IRL or even learn each others given names, I am honored to receive the friendship that is so beautifully expressed here. Thank you, again.
And (((hugs))) to any of my new friends here that could use one.
Baby steps are just fine by me.
This is all anyone can do. You'll get there. I have faith.
Everyone loves a free meal or at least a meal that someone cooks for them!
Invite them into your home.
You love kids, so maybe start by inviting a small family, or a single mom and her kids.
Or volunteer at a church, or a soup kitchen.
You would be surprised how fast you could form friendships through food.
"The Secret of Change is to focus all your energy - not on fighting the old, but on building the new" ~~Lori Greiner FB post~~