I am sorry that you are feeling sad and lonely. It is hard to go out on your own and join groups. Church is what comes immediately to mind. (or other religious institution) You can slide in for the services and smile as people greet you, and when you feel more comfortable then see what groups there that there are to join or committees that can use help. After that, civic groups such as lions or fire department auxiliaries, or friends of the library. You start out volunteering- people will help you learn what to do for the task, and meanwhile you'll meet people. No feeling stupid, you are there to help. When you help others, you end up helping yourself, too.
at 12:38 PM on Oct. 2, 2009