Throughout my educational journey, from kindergarten to graduate school, I had the opportunity to interact with over 500 classmates. Now, I only maintain contact with fewer than three of them. This reflects that classmates are often assigned randomly, determined by our location and proximity. Classmates in my generation tend to come from diverse backgrounds and interests, leading to divergent paths in life.
This is equally applicable to coworkers unless we share a common goal that brings us together. More often, corporate coworkers only focus on job stability and receiving their paychecks on time.
Although serendipitous encounters in the physical world can be enjoyable, as a high-agency person who values taking the initiative, it is better to seek out friendship actively rather than wait for chance encounters.
I met most of my closest friends through the Internet, using digital platforms and creating online content. I used to experience a sense of intellectual isolation, feeling as though I couldn't find my "tribe" in the physical world. However, the Internet has provided a solution to this problem for me.
If you, like my former self, feel invisible or unconnected to any community in the physical world, here are some tips for making friends and establishing connections with people from around the globe.