Relationships are a big part of your life. When you retire, you often lose a lot of the important ones or struggle to make friends after the working years. However, I’ve noticed in my career that a lot of people connect on a recreational level, both through group activities and just from seeing the same people on a regular basis. As a fitness and recreation specialist, I know how important staying active and engaged is for people to maintain a good sense of emotional and physical health. Therefore, when it comes to making friends, I always suggest recreation.
There are so many different types of activities that you can enjoy and things that you can find to do in your local area. It doesn’t matter how much time you have or what you like to do, because there is plenty to keep you busy. Plus, while you’re having a good time, you’ll also be able to meet new people and make friends, which gives you a win-win situation all around. Retirement is a whole new phase of your life and it’s important that you take the time to figure out what you want from it.
Having friends and relationships with others is going to keep your emotional health in a good place. It’s also going to help you have more fun. Everyone likes having friends. Plus, when you have people who enjoy the same recreational activities, you can socialize and stay active at the same time, which gives you even more to appreciate.
I’m not saying you should head down to the local fitness center or country club and make friends with every person that you meet. However, when you’re out doing active things and you run into the same people repeatedly, you’re likely going to strike up conversation. If you don’t, you should. It might be a bust, but you might also make some great friends in unexpected places.