Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
I don’t know why, but over the past couple of months, my wife and I seem to have been making new friends, in addition to our old ones.
Are we suddenly cooler than we were before?
Maybe it’s because our son is a little bit more independent now, so we can be a little bit more free spirited and outgoing; therefore attracting new people into our lives with a newfound positive energy.
Some of these new friends are like us- married with a kid. That’s natural and it makes sense that we would want to get to know each other better.
But also added to our list of new cell phone contacts are married couples who don’t have kids; or who are even single.
It’s a very interesting process to become friends with someone new at this point in my life; when it doesn’t involve my kid.
I’m sort of rusty on how this “making friends” thing works; especially since now it involves texting and Facebook messages more than it does phone conversations.
There’s like this unintended game of “I’m not stalking you” that you have to play with the person, at first.
They text you first: You get a point.
You send them a Facebook friend request: They get a point.
Basically, you’re trying not to be the one who creeps the other one out.
After a few rounds, if neither of you has weirded the other out, then it’s official: You’re real friends!
I think the most challenging part of making new friends these days is trying to make plans with them via text messages.
The art of discussion is dumbed down to caveman talk to where you can’t really offer up a hang-out plan then decide against it without sounding like a flake.
It’s not like you have the space in the text message to thoroughly explain the cons you instantly realized about the plan you just suggested.
But I’m up for the challenge. If people want to legitimately be my real life friend, whether they have a kid or not, I will do my darndest not to creep them out or be too vague like a hipster.
I would say, “I’ll just be me and if they don’t like it, then they’re not really my friend.”
However, I’ve learned that “be yourself” is the worst advice you can give some people.Add a Comment