Companionship: Building Relationships in Retirement

Meeting new people isn’t easy at any stage in your life. However, when you’re dealing with something like retirement, where most people have already completed their social circles, it can be even more difficult to find new friends and companions. You don’t have to be looking for friends for life or spouses. Even just finding some people that you like spending time with right now is completely acceptable. The goal is to make sure that you stay social, no matter what. When you’re no longer working every day, it can be quite lonesome without people in your life.


Companionship is all about finding people who have similar interests, values, and ideals regarding life. These are people that you can get along with and that you enjoy spending time with. There doesn’t have to be a romantic element, but for single retirees or those who have lost their spouses, that might come along from time to time. The important thing is that you shouldn’t rule anything out just because it seems like it might not be necessary. You need that social interaction on various levels in your life, and it’s up to you to find it.


This isn’t to say that you can’t spend time alone. By all means, there is a lot to be said for people who enjoy their alone time. However, you have to make sure that the alone time that you have isn’t all the time. It’s really just about making sure that you have friends and acquaintances that you can enjoy time with every once in awhile. Even though you might like being alone, no one should be alone all the time. It can seem like a daunting task to build new relationships at our age, but I promise that it’s worth the investment of your time and energy.


If you don’t already have people in your life, you should make an effort to meet new people and find that companionship so that you’re not alone or reliant on your family for companionship. It’s a lot easier than you think if you just get out there and start mingling with other retirees.