Adult find a friend
And if, at the last minute, you decide you just don't have it in you, no one's night will be ruined if you don't go. You're not chasing a degree, so you can take something like pottery or bowling. Plus, nothing makes for a popular Instagram post like a clever protest sign. If so, here's a coffee and a hug, because, for reals, that seems amazingly difficult.It's better than trying to talk to people at the gym. If you're not already meeting other parents through your part-time, unpaid transportation job, consider having a few kids and their parents over to play and chat.
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But you do have to take the weight and pressure of it off yourself and let it go.
Don't give other people that much power over yourself. But the actually doing it...well, it's about as fun as a brief encounter with a freezing cold speculum while your panties are in a wad on a plastic chair in a freezing cold (and poorly lit) office. OK, so maybe I'm being dramatic, but unless you're one of those natural social butterflies or one of the rare birds who still regularly hangs out with all your high school friends, finding new people is tough. Even science has looked at the issue of adult friendships and found that without serious work, it's basically all downhill once you hit your late 20s.But, IMHO these have helped me snag new members for my grown-up tribe.It's not like in all your schooling and growing up you've been taught these important skills of developing patience and keeping going despite setbacks.