Making friends as grown-ups is harder but it sure beats loneliness

ST ILLUSTRATION: CEL GULAPA

Embarking on friendships as an adult can be a challenge but taking that leap of faith can reinvigorate

When you are a child in the playground, it is pretty simple, but "Do you want to be my friend?" isn't a line you hear from adults. Teenage years are filled with friendships easily made (and some easily forgotten), when you are feeling keen, sociable and energetic. Then there are engagements, marriage, relocation, career changes, families: Life comes calling with its multiple demands, and friendships evolve as a result.

I have been happy to see my friends move through these huge life moments, but as much as I value my friendships, I have found myself lonely at times. Some friends are physically far away, while others are time-poor and, with the best will in the world, it isn't simple to see each other as often as we would like.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'Making friends as grown-ups is harder but it sure beats loneliness'. Print Edition | Subscribe