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Have you watched Sex and the City? The story of the four women, living in New York who are each others BFF's? Yeah, I hate them.
Not because they live in New York (definitely not my speed), and not because they (for the most part) dressed amazing (still not sure about the bird on Carries head in the movie...) but because they had these fierce lady friendships with each other.
I want that.
Thinking back on my life, I had some good friends who were girls. But, never a relationship like the gals in that show. Nothing like that. No one that I would go on girls trips with, or carve time out in my calendar to do things with. No one I would stay up late talking to on the phone, and no one that we could giggle like school girls with even in our 50s.
But I would love that. I really would!
It is important to have those friendships, especially for women as we grow up and get older. We know how to support each other, offer encouragement as we transition into and then out of motherhood, and find ourselves navigating what we want to do and what is expected of us.
Somewhere I once read that what people would classify as close friendships, has declined. This could be in part that we are more isolated than ever before, having everything we really need at the touch of a button. I mean, I remember before cell phones, that when you wanted to see your friends you actually had to leave your house to go see them.
Now, we can establish "friendships" through social media, email and text. Its like a false sense of togetherness, when someone clicks "Like" on one of our photos. How many of us have hundreds of "friends" on Facebook, but can't name a single person we would call to gossip with, get support from or just do something wild and zany with.
The older I am getting, the more I crave this type of relationship. As my children are growing older, my life is taking turns that only another woman would understand. As our bodies change, health concerns come up, marriage hurdles present themselves, I firmly believe its close girlfriends that will get us through.
Now I just have to find them.
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