Especially when you are moving on your own.
(I actually didn’t move on my own, per se. I did move with my parents and brother, but the move has still been hard on me.)
There’s one thing, actually lots of things, they don’t tell you about being an adult. One of the things is moving to a new place can be HARD. As a kid, it’s hard moving to a new place (and believe me, I know!). The only difference is that you usually have school as the social construct to help you with finding friends.
As an adult, if you don’t already know someone, you have to find ways to meet people. This has always been hard for me, even as a kid. The thing is, I’m an introvert (until I get to know you well). I don’t open up that easily and I certainly don’t make friends because of that. It’s always been that way for me.
Fast forward to today, I’m living in a new state where I don’t know anyone. I’m finding it hard, mentally, to actually feel at home. I’m finding, and learning, that I’m going to have to push myself out of my comfort zone. I am going to have to push myself to open up a bit and get out there, so to speak.
How am I going to do this? I have no idea! I will let you know when I do.
That being said, I’m thinking of doing a follow up to this post. What do you think of me writing a tips and tricks post of how to overcome this feeling of loneliness and ways to get out there and network?
Let me know what you think.
Are you an introvert? Have you found yourself in the same situation as me? Any tips and tricks?
I experienced this whole-heartedly when I was working on the other side of the country for part of last year. What I found helped was finding Meetup groups for book groups, writing groups, social groups for young, professional women, etc. Basically anything I could do where I might be able to find a friendly face with a similar interest.