On day 124 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored making new friends as an act of self-care.
For me, keeping a wide, diverse circle of friends has always been one of the best parts of living. Interesting conversations, which allow me to see the world through a different set of eyes, force me to challenge my own limited beliefs.
Recently, a new friend introduced me to one of her friends, someone she thought I would have a lot in common with.
And she was right.
The three of us gathered to share a meal and a lot of laughs, but we also shared an endless number of uplifting ideas.
We talked about how to connect with other forward-thinking women, ways we could help support those women, and how we could use our unique strengths to make a greater contribution to the world. I love people who enjoy talking about ideas rather than other people. (Gossip accomplishes nothing.)
Making new friends expands our world because it stretches the way we think about the world and our role in it. When we make new friends and challenge our beliefs and assumptions, we’re practicing self-care.
When was the last time you made a new friend?