I'm not quite at middle age yet, but i'm certainly on the doorstep. Whether it be the demands of family, the pursuit of career, i'm noticing my social circle/network is slowly receding each year. Looking around, this seems quite common at my age... in teens and twenties it's easy to turn strangers into friends after a five minute conversation... closer to forty, nobody is looking for new friends. I've got a handful of close friends, a girlfriend and big family on both sides, but I feel like i'm in a bit of a social rut... same old faces, same old conversations. Nothing feels fresh. Just wondering how I can flip things around and start growing my network again? I'm working a reasonably solitary stop-gap job and share little common ground with anyone I work with. I have plenty of hobbies, but most of them wouldn't be described as team/group-based pursuits (guitar/music of course, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, car tinkering, reading). I'm not an extra-extravert who seeks to party, go to every new place in town, or go and get drunk at every opportunity. That said, i'm not an introvert either - I like meeting new people, I enjoy new company, I enjoy being exposed to new perspectives, I like having challenging conversations. But i'd also rather be discussing Sam Harris or Jordan Peterson, than the latest football results. So, how to expand your network in middle age?