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December 16, 2020 45 min

In this hyper-connected world, when we may have hundreds or even thousands of Facebook “friends” why do so many of us feel so lonely?

In this episode, we start with a simple question, “what does friendship mean to you”? 

Have you ever been with friends and felt lonely? You’re surrounded by a group of women and yet, there’s this emptiness that is tugging at you. Instead of feeling fueled and connected you feel like an outsider?

It isn’t as uncommon as you think. Oftentimes, we aren’t really connected on a meaningful level which is where this feeling comes from. 

  • The emotions we feel when friendships change. We need to understand that we easily get attached to the original iteration of our friendship. 

  • We change throughout our lives and sometimes our values change. When they don’t align it can throw us off.

  • Stages in life: Single vs. married vs. kids vs. huge career vs. stay at home vs. introvert vs. extrovert, finances.

  • Surroundings change: The glue that held you together, school, job, neighborhood, kids being friends has changed.

  • Your eyes open up - ever step away from a situation or not see someone for a while and you realize the relationship looks very different when you aren’t so emotionally involved. 

  • You realize you aren’t yourself around them (nor they themselves around you).

  • It does get harder to make friends as we get older. But it is also very much worth the effort to seek out those friends because they will truly enrich your life. Look what becoming friends with each other did to us! 

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