http://sixtyandme.com/how-to-find-friends-and-fight-loneline

http://sixtyandme.com/how-to-find-friends-and-fight-loneliness-after-60/, a member asked us to follow up on our Life Hack and recommend ideas for someone over 60 could find/make meaningful connections, we came across this article. We liked it so much we thought we would share. Best-SG
Life Hack:
http://mailchi.mp/supportgroups/making-meaningful-connections-in-life

Comment
 3
kisobel's picture
[188230]
Jan 12

Hi SG - I did follow the link and read the article and I thought they made some great points and I think it IS essential to continue to make friends throughout your life, and to try to have friends of all ages. The one thing I have had difficulty with my latest new friends is that I have to try to be more tolerant of differences. Someone doesn't have to be just like me, but if they voted for Donald Trump and continue to support him, that's just one difference I can't deal with very well. One of my new friends that I go on a walk with after yoga said something that really rang true, though, she said - you can't have too much support, or too many friends. Some friends may just have to orbit out there on the periphery of your life, like Pluto......Anyway, I am happy I have some really long term friends that somehow I have kept throughout my life, against all odds - BPD and Cyclothymia being big factors. I've also ruined a lot of friendships. I'm not everyone's cup of tea and I am thankful that the friends I have found in my life are tolerant of me, so I do my best to reciprocate. Thanks for the share. It's a good one. Best!.........Kisobel

show more ⇓
Reply
Support Groups's picture
[5635]
Jan 12

@kisobel Politics is a hard one to get around with really close friends, acquaintances, maybe. That is really excellent that you have good and supportive friends and that you continue to be active, yoga is a great way to stay fit and find your focus, as well as a place to meet new people. -Best-SG

Reply
[1460]
Jan 12

@kisobel You make some excellent points. I, too, could not be friends with a Trump supporter. And sometimes it's something else that I consider too important to ignore. I live in Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada so I know that we do many things different from the States. Like the Teacher's Union, for example. Teachers here worked long and hard to get good pay and a union that backed them. When the former government tried to stuff too many kids into one classroom, some of whom had severe behavior and emotional disorders as well as mentally and physically challenged kids, the teachers said, No. That's not acceptable and needs to stop. The government ignored them. Their union contract was up and the teachers said, We need to work this out. The government wouldn't play ball with them and they finally went on strike. One of my acquaintances said, They want too much. It took me a while to digest this as I was totally with the teachers. They wren't asking for more money; they were talking about class size. Which, in my opinion should have been a concern to every parent with kids in the school system. Did they want sub-standard education for their kids? Having worked for several years as an Early Childhood Educator, I knew how badly "atypical" preschoolers needed extra support to function in a setting designed for "typical" children. And if one of us had a "sick" day and we couldn't find a sub, it was looney tunes. So I just considered people who criticized the striking teachers as misinformed. My husband, a former teacher said, They're just mad because the teachers worked hard to get better pay and reasonable working conditions. And I think that was it. Long story short , I took some time away from this acquaintance until the heat was over. Guess what? A few months ago, we met for a couple of coffee dates and we are on completely different wave lengths. Very little common ground. Is that not interesting? These days I pick and choose my friendships carefully.

show more ⇓
Reply

Login or Register

You are visiting Support Groups as an anonymous user.

Please consider joining our community and gain access to additional features by

registering or logging into your account