We hope to create content on Cooper's Guide that withstands the test of time; acts of meeting people, doing things, and creating relationships don't tend to change over time. We want to give our thoughts on how to explore, grow, and create deeper, more meaningful relationships. You could say this is a bird's eye view of using Coop...
Don't continue doing what you do just because it's what you've always done. Grow.
Find people to do something with.
It definitely does not get easier.
There is no better way to fuel your passion than with people that have similar interests.
Vulnerability is key to building relationships.
Take part in plans that suit you.
Meet new people in the community while giving back.
Continue to meet new people as your life and interests change.
Do something you wouldn’t normally do on a weekly basis.
Don't Settle. Don't Regret.
There have been times in my life where I just didn't feel like doing what my friends wanted to do. This often ranged from watching a movie or going out to drink. I mean, I like doing that once in awhile, but not as often as they would like. I love my friends, but my interests don't always line up with theirs.
Sometimes it feels like life plans were on autopilot and things were done just because that's what has been done in the past. Or it’s something we are “suppose” to enjoy. But there are so many various hobbies/interests/activities that the world has to offer. Life is not worth wasting on things that we are not passionate about.
"One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about." -Mindy Kaling
It's not about the number of people you hang out with but the quality of people. It's not to say that some people are better than others, but you will get along better with some people more than others. At times, many of us won't find the right people through our daily lives (e.g. work), so we have to do something outside of our normal routine.
"When researchers ask the elderly what they regret about their lives, they don't often regret something they did; they regret things they didn't do. They regret not seizing opportunities. They regret hesitating. They regret being indecisive." -Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath
Don't regret. Too often do I hear from people of all ages, “I wish I could do that” or “That would be fun to learn”. There isn’t much stopping you from doing those things. But it is much easier to start by involving someone that has experience.
We hope Coop helps you find people you connect with while doing things you love.
Fly the Coop!