Today I had the opportunity to go to lunch with someone I had met a few months ago. I was anxious to learn more from this person, as they have had an amazing career path that I am so very intrigued by (mostly because I would love to have a similar life of adventure!) This lunch made me realize how little time I invest in new friendships.
It is so easy for all of us to get caught up in the busyness of life and not want to make space for anything new. I, personally, am so content with my life of colleagues, my partner and my kids that I do not feel I am missing out when I am not investing in friendships. Yet, I notice that when I take the time to reach out to people and make connections, I am often rewarded with wonderful new connections with people whose presence can enrich my life greatly.
It is very easy to get stuck in our comfort zones and not make the time or put in the effort to expand our social circles. Yet, we need to challenge ourselves to take the steps to do so – as there is no way to reap the rewards of new connections if we are not willing to take the necessary steps.
Today, 277 days ’til 40, I am going to challenge myself to reach out to individuals who have the potential to be close friends. Creating strong friendships means taking the time to invest in people – when we do, we often find that we have been blessed with a life-long friend and supporter… what a gift!