I'll be 40 in less than a year and I really don't have any close friends. I mostly just have acquaintances that I rarely interact with and I spend most my time alone. How does someone, who is in their late 30s, an Atheist, childfree, and a socially awkward homebody, go about making friends? Especially since I live in a somewhat conservative part of my state, I do not know where to even begin. It's even worse with dating.