Updated: Nov 9, 2022
We learn from a young age to nurture connections with other women but are never taught know to maintain these important relationships into adulthood. Think about it. We spend our earliest days running around the playground with other little girls, making up stories, and cheering each other on. So why do many of us have so few gal pals by the time we hit our 20s?
Growing up and losing friends along the way is a part of the human experience. That doesn’t mean you should trudge through these pivotal years on your own.
If you’re in your 20s and find yourself wondering how to develop meaningful friendships at this stage in you’re life, you’re in luck. It’s never too late to make new friends! Try one of these three tips:
Find people with similar interests
It’s hard to put yourself out there when you’re introverted or busy. Try meeting people by going out and doing whatever is fun for you! Whether that means joining a weekly running club or dancing the night away each Friday at an actual club, you’re bound to meet people with similar interests. Before you know it, you’ll be surrounded by familiar faces and will have the opportunity to form lasting friendships.
Ask friends to introduce you to new people
Let’s say you recently moved to a new city and made friends with a coworker. Let this person know that you enjoy hanging out with them and would love to meet new people by joining them at upcoming social events. True friends will be happy (and never embarrassed) to introduce you to others!
Send someone a message on social media
Internet friends, anyone? It can feel incredibly awkward to send someone you’ve never met a message on social media, but platforms like Instagram and TikTok are amazing platforms you can use to find like-minded individuals. While you shouldn’t begin cold-messaging every person you’ve ever stalked on social media, there’s nothing wrong with DM’ing a friend of a friend or someone you have mutual interests with to see if they want to grab a coffee sometime. If you aren’t comfortable using your personal channels, try a networking app like Bumble BFF to find other women who are also looking to make new connections.
In the wise words of the Spice Girls, friendship never ends. You deserve to have people to help celebrate the good times and provide support on bad days.
Girlfriends can enrich your life in many ways, so don’t be afraid to go out there and find your people.