Since I got my visa to stay over here in Sydney, I’ve settled into my life a bit better. I managed to find a decent place to live (with good housemates) and got a bit more settled in work, everything just kind of slotted into place when I needed it to.
However the one thing that hasn’t really gone too well for me is making new friends. Most of my friends back in England I’d known since I was yay big, and there was no need to put myself into places to try to make new mates.
I have work mates and my flatmates here, but outside of that I don’t really know anyone to go out with or do things with. My current flatmates do their own thing, which is good in one way and not so good if you’re me and you don’t know many people to socialise with.
Even though I knew I lot of people from when I first got here from staying in hostels (easiest place ever to make friends), all of them are now back where they came from. I guess I was also a bit unlucky that my two good mates here also accepted jobs in other cities at more or less the same time a few months ago. I’ve also found it difficult to break into already established groups of friends.
So I’ve had to put myself out there again and meeting new people doesn’t come easy to me (probably not the best trait when I decided to move to the other side of the world on my own)! Although I’d say I was shy, I’m definitely nowhere near as shy as I was before I came here…I can’t afford to be.
I’d been posting on some Internet forums for a few months and decided to go to a meet-up they were having. I haven’t really embraced the whole ‘meet strangers off the Internet’ thing, but I decided to go along. About 12/14 people turned up…there were a couple of token weirdo’s…but all in all it was a good night and although it was totally out of my comfort zone, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it (potentially) could be. There were probably a couple of people I’ll keep in touch with at least.
But I’ve got to keep putting myself out there, and put myself into situations to meet new people and I’m pretty sure there are more weirdo’s to meet out there…