Employment takes up nearly three decades of our adult life. While we’re working, we barely have the time to socialize with people outside of our workplaces. It is only after retirement that the prospect of having loads of time on your hands really sets in. This is why it is very important to have a social circle in later years, a support group of sorts. The internet has made it easier to connect with new people and old ones alike. In this article, we talk about building a social circle for yourself both online and offline.
Making Friends With Like-Minded People: If you live in an apartment complex, you may find on one of your walks that there are a lot of people just like you. By approaching them, you can make new connections. Maybe you could go walking together? Maybe you could spend time playing chess together? Once you get in touch with a group of people who share your interests, you have no dearth of friends who live right next door!
Using Your Hobby To Make Friends: Perhaps you have a hobby, such as singing, playing an instrument or painting. Post retirement is a great time to get back to pursuing that hobby. Most cities and towns have cultural centres where people perform and display their art. By visiting these places often, you can meet more people who share the same hobbies as you. Who knows, you may even find a great opportunity coming your way!
A Smartphone As Your Window To The World: Using applications such as Hangouts, Skype and Imo, you can make videocalls to anyone on the planet. So wherever it is that your circle of friends has moved to, you can have conversations with them as though they were in the same room as you. All you need is a smartphone and a good internet connection. Also, you can create groups on whatsapp for all your common friends where you can then chat, share pictures and even make calls.
Using Facebook To Make New Friends: As cultural centres are to the real world, Facebook groups are to the virtual one. Without having to move an inch, you can look up for groups based on a hobby or an interest. Perhaps you’re looking for retired Government servants? There’s bound to be a group for that. Likewise, from gardening to food, music and movies, there are groups for everything. Just create a Facebook account and go about looking for these groups. Over time, you can build a rapport with some of the group members.
Remember, how you want to interact with the world is completely up to you. If you choose to take the virtual route, beware of strangers on the group who ask for your banking information, or people who con you into thinking they’re in trouble. Never share too much on the internet, and that includes your full address, your phone number and any of your passwords. In the real world, things are much more straightforward- all you need is the zeal to get to know more people.