|Life isn't complete without friends!|
But lately, I've noticed that I stick mostly to my established friends. I don't make much of an effort to meet new people. The Fulfillment Project has made me wonder whether making a new friend or two isn't an important component of making my pretty good life even better.
The only obstacle to this goal is that grown ups don't make friends the way kids do. We don't look at each other in coffee shops and say, "Wanta be friends? Okay, let's play." We're a little more cautious. Which means acquiring and investing in new friends can be a time-consuming project. I have to make time and space for new people in my life. After I've made that time and space, I have to hope we are a fit. It's like dating without the physical component.
I was discussing this issue with some of my friends at lunch the other day when someone hit on a brilliant idea.
"You should do a speed-friending dinner party," she suggested. "Invite all the people you think are interesting but don't know very well, then spend three minutes talking to each other. If both people want to continue, than that person goes into the dinner party pool."
|Like speed dating, but for friends.|
Any ambitious souls want to organize one in Portland? Going once...going twice....what, no takers? I guess I'll just have to do it the old fashioned way.