Many people claim that it is difficult for them to make new friends. They say that their childhood friends are all they need and that they have no intention of making new ones. They honestly do not see the benefits, otherwise they would have changed their minds.
Benefits of meeting new people
1. Get to know a whole new world
Meeting new people opens the door for you to get to know a whole new world. You are introduced to new ways of thinking, new ways of living, new dreams, new hopes, new attitudes. Through these people, you get the chance to learn more about life and ultimately, more about yourself. Those new people may become your new friends and among them, you may even find the love of your life. Even if your relationship with them ends at some point, you should still consider yourself to be lucky, as you will have gained valuable experiences that will help you become a better person and make better choices in your life.
2, Engage in activities you always wanted
Your old friends may not be willing to engage in some activities you always wanted. You may like to travel a lot, but they don't. You may like to go dancing, but they don't. Meeting new people may give you the chance to do all, or at least some, of the things you always wanted. Maybe those new friends share the same interests and are eager to keep you company every step of the way. That way, you may find a healthy, creative outlet without pressuring your old friends to do the things you want at the same time.
3. Be less dependent
When you insist on hanging out only with your old friends and stubbornly deny to meet new people, you become too dependent on them, without even realizing it. That means that if something goes wrong, if your relationship with them at some points ends, you will be left all alone, with none to talk to. Expanding your network will help you become more independent.
4. Help your old friends expand their own network
Your old friends may need to meet new people as much as you do, but they hold back out of guilt for you. If you show them that you are willing to expand your own network of friends, they will be encouraged to do the same. That way, your relationship will them will grow on a more solid, healthier level.
Meeting new people does not meet that you write off your old friends. It means that you are willing to live more experiences and share lots of different things with people that may be more suitable for you on certain aspects. Embrace the opportunity and take full advantage of all the benefits it has to offer.