As we emerge from the pandemic, I'm realizing how few friends I have, and it makes me so sad! A decade ago I had 3 college friends in NYC I was very close with, a great group of colleagues that I had afterwork plans with on a regular basis and tons of mom friends who I didn't necessarily feel super close with but saw a lot due to kid & school stuff. Now many job changes later, I am barely in touch with the former colleagues, mom friendships are dwindling as our kids age and all at different schools, activities etc, and for the college friends, one blew me off for some reason I did not understand, one got super involved in hobbies that are not my thing and the third, the one I was closest to, now spends every weekend at her country home and is practically never available (seriously, we've had a text chain going for a month about getting together and she just asked me about late July).
Has anyone else been through this and found new friends at this stage of life? It's hard! And no I don't want to just hang out with DH all the time or be alone. I'm an extrovert and I like to go out with other people!