Guess what? You *can* teach an old dog new tricks.
A very happy birthday week!!
Thank you for sharing, Michael. I moved to California from Brazil at age 31. I made lots of acquaintances, but not friends, during the 14 years I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, then I moved to Chico, 90 minutes north of Sacramento - my husband got a job offer there that he/we couldn’t refuse. We’ve been in Chico for 13 years now and the closest thing I have for a friend are my neighbors next door. After the pandemics we stop socializing. Soon after we all got vaccinated the socializing resumed. Her and her husband, myself and my husband. We had such fun at each other’s home, dancing, drinking, and smoking some pot. Great conversation too. But she is an epitome of a social butterfly 🦋 and could not help but be out and about and the inevitable happened, she got Covid-19. Thanks to being vaccinated she recovered quickly, but my husband and I decided to take another break and stay away for a little longer. It’s been a challenging 21 months but I don’t feel lonely. I guess I am an island too. What I do miss a lot is traveling. I’ve always needed to know what’s around the corner. For the time being I will live vicariously through your and Brent’s adventures. Thank you again, and Happy Birthday.
Ps. Do you carry your own pillow around the world?
Happy Birthday!!!! Ahhhhh…. Fifty-ish! What fun. Take it from some 70-ishers, it just gets better!!!!!
I love this, Michael! Thanks for the post. Patrick and I are not 'digital', so have not lived in co-working spaces and had quite the experiences you describe. But I will say that it has been easier to meet people and make friends since we have been nomads. I think it's partly because we have much in common with the fellow travelers we encounter. Whatever the reason, it's a great benefit of our nomadic life.
I just found your blog and love this post! Happy Belated Birthday! I'm not sure if you've written about it previously, but how do you choose places to stay that put you into proximity of others? (aside from the coworking situation in Miami) Often it is easier to make friends with those staying in group situations - Any tips/hints for finding those, especially for those of us over 40? :)