How to Reconnect with Friends After Retirement
Posted by Mike McQuinn on August 22, 2014 | no comments
During the many years that employees put in hard work and receive hard-earned pay, it can be easy to lose track of old friends and drift apart from those who were once considered close acquaintances. When the busy life of a typical adult slows down and the first few years of retirement begin to crawl by, many individuals have far more time to reflect on life and consider the importance of relationships. Those who come to this revelation are often more than ready to reconnect with old friends; however, many seniors do not know how to go about finding, contacting, and reconnecting with friends from the past. Read the information below to learn the best method of reconnecting with friends after and throughout retirement.
Before taking the oftentimes-lengthy steps of reconnecting with friends after retirement, it may be beneficial for retired individuals to find new friends and acquaintances. Since it can take a great deal of time to relocate those who were once close, it is important to provide individuals with the social interaction they need in the meantime. Human beings are wired with a strong need for social interaction; mankind is not meant to be alone. In order to remain healthy and enjoy retirement to the fullest, it is imperative that senior citizens make an effort to be social and make new friends.
Social media can be intimidating to those who did not grow up among the technology-immersed generation of the 2000s. While it may be intimidating, it is more than a little useful when it comes to reconnecting with friends – reconnecting is one of the primary reasons social media networks, such as Facebook, were created. Since seniors may feel very uncomfortable operating computers or exploring the world of social media, it may be a good idea for them to seek help from a close friend or family member who is more technologically inclined. With adequate help and an enthusiastic attitude, many seniors are able to find and contact old friends via social media networks. Simply type in the name of an old friend and where he or she was born. Countless friends from the past may emerge – much to the delight of the many senior citizens who successfully find old friends in the present day.
Individuals who are from small communities may be surprised at how great a resource people in their hometown may be on their quest to find friends from the past. Chances are, someone still lives in the same town who knows exactly where said friends are currently located, how they are doing, and how they can be contacted. Take the time to travel to an old residency and ask around. Genealogical societies are also a great place to look for information about the people who used to live there. There are even special “detectives” who specialize in finding “lost” individuals.
Breaking The Ice
Once senior citizens finally do find the friends they had been trying to relocate, it can be difficult to find common ground since such a long time has passed. Before meeting with the long-searched-for individual, it may be wise to consider some potential common ground. Make a list of things from the past to talk and even laugh about; come up with a few genuine questions about the person’s life before the initial meeting to make sure that no awkward lapse of conversation occurs. Most seniors are surprised at how easy it is to reconnect with someone they lost track of. Many claim that their relationships are restored to such a degree that they are even closer than they had been before.
Reconnecting with friends after retirement is a noble endeavor, and with a little research there is quite a significant chance that anyone can locate a long-lost friend. Take the time to look for and contact an old friend today, or make an effort to make new friends. The benefits may be far more rewarding than anticipated.