Are you struggling to find others who share similar values and interests?
Do you feel disconnected by generational gaps with a younger or older crowd? Maybe the references just fly past you and you lose the line of conversation.
Oh, we feel you. You want to hang out with people who may not be from work and feel the sense of kinship. You want to connect with genuine people who allow you to be comfortably yourself. Match aspirations. Share the same goals. You want a supportive space that will see you grow and thrive.
Meeting like-minded people doesn’t happen overnight. (We know. Give it time.) But we list a couple places where you can start, courtesy of Relocal.
What are your values?
Connect with those who share the same values. If you’re interested in digital literacy for seniors or helping out young girls navigate the pitfalls of high school, Go Volunteer has opportunities listed within Metro Vancouver. You can meet new people within the organizations, learn what challenges they face, provide support, and celebrate achievements together.
You can also contact specific organizations directly such as the David Suzuki Foundation. Often, charities and nonprofits will have a specific page for you to apply as a volunteer.
What are you interested in?
Taking a class is a great way to build rapport with others because all of you are starting from one point and working your way through to the end together. That shared experience becomes a glue for the group while you learn each other’s stories. Whatever your interests, there is sure to be a class for you! The City of Vancouver has regular recreational classes available, ranging from swimming lessons to martial arts and yoga.
Another public resource is the Vancouver Public Library. It regularly hosts programs such as book clubs and film screenings. It also has one-off events that celebrate cultural exchanges.
What’s your lifestyle?
Maybe you want someone to sweat it out with or an accountability partner to help you meet your activity goals. You can join a running group or slow it down with a walking group. If you like art, you can even check out our upcoming Community ART Series.
If your lifestyle depends more on what you put on your plate, restaurants often host or post events. Whether you’re on a vegan or keto diet, or even an all-meat muncher, there’s an event for you. Check for them online, either by the restaurant’s Facebook page, Instagram or email newsletter.
Whatever your situation is, be brave and show up.