I have been having some lonely issues lately and people are nice about suggestions to help with this. Most suggest church, since I live in the Bible Belt, but I have not found church groups particularly friendly – they already have friends. I live among seniors in the apartment complex that I am in, but I do not seem to have common ground with most, other than living here.
I know I have been a pain with existing friends by calling them too much. They all live long distance and are nice, but they have their own lives consisting of friends and family. I have brother and a nephew, but we have never been close. Family is not the answer.
I have, therefore, started going to senior group activities. One group goes out for dinner on occasion, and I have started picking and choosing when to go. As with most people on fixed incomes, I have very little disposable income so I must budget for fun. Another group has a center and every so often they have an activity that I want to attend. This week it is a formal English tea. I have my “outfit” all picked out. They are also having a Mardi Gras party later in the month and for a small price, I get beads, King cake, and all the trimmings at the party. Both should be fun and that is the whole point.
I doubt very seriously if I will meet a new lifelong friend, but maybe I will. Who knows. Getting out will be more fun than watching TV at home. I will report on these events and let you know how they went.