When you tell people you are moving to a new city, you will hear comments like “Oh I’d hate to move. I have best the doctor. I can’t imagine having to find a new one”. It’s true. Finding a new doctor, dentist, hair dresser and pizza place can feel like a near impossible task. But after moving twice in the past 10 years, I would say those are more like minor inconveniences. Making a new town feel like home is what’s hard. Being in a city where you have no friends is simply – lonely.
There are so many great things about moving. Exploring a new city. Having a fresh starting. But making friends is like dating all over again. Didn’t I give up dating and get married so I wouldn’t have to do this? You meet some. You might eventually start-up some idle chit-chat. But at what point do you go from idle chit-chat to asking someone out for coffee?
And what if you aren’t an outgoing person? What if even starting up a conversation makes you feel like you might lose your lunch? Can you find the courage to step out of your comfort zone? To be brave? To risk rejection? It’s like being the new kid at school all over again.
At some point you do it. You get up the nerve to start that first conversation and eventually you make a date for coffee. So you go out. You share life stories. You share a cup of coffee or two. And what if, after all that effort you end up not really liking them. Good grief. It really is like dating!
And that’s just one friend. Don’t you want a few good friends. Maybe even a couple to hang out with? Oh my goodness, you mean I might have to do this, like more than once? Ug.
In my estimation it takes a good year to make a new friend. From that initial hello, to getting up the nerve to invite someone out and then to get to the point where you can call them up for no reason other than just to chat.
But in the end it’s worth the time and effort. Because a good friend in a new city is priceless. Having someone who will see the new chick flick with you, go for a walk at the beach, take a Zumba class or invite you to join their book club.
So be brave. Put yourself out there. And give it time.
Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. – G. Randolf
Good friends are like new adventures, you never know what life lessons they might teach you” – Unknown
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. – Aristotle
Until I write again…