How to adapt when all your friends have new lives



November 22, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Dear Carolyn: I am a 35-year-old single man who is struggling with a life transition. All of my very close friends have gotten married, purchased homes and now have or are starting to have children. 

This has caused a real dilemma for me because, while I am happy for them, I feel very stagnated in comparison. It has become more apparent at the few get-togethers I attend during the year — and I’ve begun to attend less and less. They discuss new life events and their children and homeownership and other commonalities, while I sit back, not able to relate. How do I accept this new normal and move on? — Growing Distant in Texas

Growing Distant in Texas: Acceptance has almost magic properties.

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