Why meeting new people is great?
As we grow old, it gets really difficult to find like-minded people and make new friends. It starts to feel like too much effort. However, it is really important to get out of your comfort zone, socialize and enhance your circle. Here's why:
It makes you assertive and brave. It takes courage to make the effort to get out there and meet new people. You will feel more able to take on similar situations, and you could use the same skills, for example with networking.
You can share new adventures/experiences. The chances are that your new friend/acquaintance will have different interests than you, and if you end up spending more time together, they could introduce you to new adventures. Just keep an open mind and enjoy!
A great opportunity to learn about other cultures. If they belong from a different ethnicity, chances are that you could learn so many new things about cultures that you didn’t know before, just by talking to them!
You may discover a new hobby. Or a hidden interest or a talent that you never knew you had it in you? Or a great music band? A new restaurant that you never thought of trying? You never know!
A chance to have a clean slate. The new person you hang out with, he/she wouldn't know about who you were in the past, and therefore cannot judge you just based on that. You will have a clean slate, no regrets of any kind.
They may get you out of your comfort zone. This could be a part of the new adventures and experiences that come with introducing someone new to your life. And even the act of making new friends, if you hate meeting new people, will be a way of trying something new.
It could open new doors for you. They may introduce you to some valuable contacts, new job opportunities and business ideas. It may be that their workplace has an opening for someone with your expertise. So your social connections may also help you in growing your professional circle.
You can get a different perspective. Everyone has a different view on things and your new acquaintance might see things in a way that you may have never even considered. It can help in broadening your perspective about things.
Help you stay away from negative people. Meeting new people means spending less time with those people who are not adding anything positive to your life. This can only be a good thing!
Making new friends can’t hurt! It doesn't hurt anyone to socialize with someone to see if they would make a good match. If they do, well and good. If you think it's not working out, you can just simply tell them. And that's it - no hard feelings or any drama there.
So what's holding you? Get out there and meet new people!
Author: Ayesha Hamid
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