Let me thank you all for the terrific forum topics you suggested a few days ago.
My intention was/is to use them only occasionally but with my teeth, preparing for friends who have now arrived and time for writing (not even counting time for research or thinking before writing) has disappeared.
So I'm going to make greater use of those topics in shorter succession. Today, let's consider friendship which several readers mentioned.
As I have frequently mentioned here, if we live long enough, old friends – and relatives too – die. Others move away, or we do. And when we retire, we also lose the day-to-day camaraderie of the workplace, the importance and pleasures of which never occurred to me until I no longer had them.
All of those conspire to shrink our social circles. Here is the topic suggestion Nancy Wick left:
”I'd be interested in getting ideas on how to make friends with people who are younger (even much younger) than you.
It seems to me that the only way to combat being friendless because contemporaries die off is to make friends with younger folks, but I find it really hard to do. At social events, people do seem to congregate in age groups.”
It's a good subject that affects pretty much all elders. So, let's expand Nancy's question a bit to include meeting potential friends of all ages.
Loneliness is not only painful to endure but there are legitimate studies showing that it is twice as unhealthy as obesity and can even lead to premature death.
So pull out all your best ideas, examples and experiences to share with everyone on how we can find new friendships, young and old.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Ellen Younkins: Homage to Age