I moved to a small regional town following my divorce as it was closer to my parents and I needed their support with raising a family on my own. I volunteer once a week, am active in the community and have been trying to build friendships for the last two years without success. I am beginning to feel very lonely and isolated and the people around my age group don’t seem interested in widening their friendship base. I am nice, friendly and interested in others and have good kids most of the time, but I’m beginning to feel that something must be wrong with me. How can it be this hard to make new close friendships. It seems everyone who is has a partner isn’t interested in developing female friendships and those who already have their cliques don’t want to expand. I am 42 and have a good relationship with my parents and have met some friends through them, but would really like people around my own age group to go and do fun things with. Am I looking at it all wrong? I love my kids but do want some grownup time to just chat and have a coffee to not lose myself.
Posted anonymously, 17th October 2014