Humans are very social creatures – regardless of shyness or introversion, everyone needs someone to connect with, someone to talk to and trust. A confidante. A friend.
This social aspect of all of our lives doesn’t have an expiration date – our social wellness is a very important part of your overall health, no matter your age.
Benefits of Friendship
Friends are some of the most important aspects of our relationships through life and contribute so much to our growth and development as a person. Some of the most beautiful stories in the world are stories of prevailing friendship. Friendships are also a “crucial element in protecting our mental health” too, which is a very important part of our overall health.
Friends are essential to our growth because they help us get back up when we’re down, they tell us when we’re being ridiculous, and they encourage us to be better, happier people in general. Friends make us see the good in ourselves. They make us see worth in our own lives. Being a true friend gives you purpose. Friendship stories are (to be quite frank) grossly underrated.
Plenty of these stories unfold before our own eyes, or even in our backyards!
New Friendships Later in Life
As you age, you may start to believe the myth that your days for going adventures, meeting new people, and making new friends are over. We’re proud to say that that’s far from true. Take it from Chris and Marian.
The pair of women met each other when they moved into The Esquiline, and they formed a fast bond and friendship over their love of walking outdoors. Since they’ve met, they’ve been strolling about the campus with their walking poles that they received from Marian’s son. They wake up with the sun, striding into the mild morning with exuberance before they sit down for a hot breakfast. All the while they trade a lifetime’s worth of stories and secrets, produce contagious laughter, and genuinely enjoy each other’s company.
How can this friendship later in life be so impactful? It’s simple, according to Marian. “This is the third chapter in my life,” she says zestfully. Why wouldn’t you want to live it with a faithful friend at your side?
Looking for a special place to spend your third chapter? We invite you to visit The Esquiline, where we encourage you to live your life now, with just as much enthusiasm as ever before. Call us at 618-394-6400 or 800-533-6279 or contact us through our website.