Perhaps if I would've listened to myself more I would've realized that I needed to put more effort in developing community outside work. For one thing, the line between friends and coworkers may be fairly fine. If you have a fallout with your friend but still need to see her 40 hours a week it's painful. Putting these more extreme situations aside, befriending your coworkers means 10 additional hours a week involve discussions about work, rants about coworkers, and complaints about how you don't want to talk about work (but did you see when---). Then something like your coworker friend coughing reminds you of something your client Lilly said or worse, some task you need to do with Lilly.
I do have friends outside Empoder but I want to nurture and expand this part of my life. Would be Interesting to revisit this in a year.