My squad is ever evolving. Or is it crew? Or bunch of BFFs? I don’t know what to call them. I only know that I can tell you I love them all madly.
I believe in the beauty of women and the beauty in friendships among women.
Out of all of the wisdom I have tried to impart on my daughter, it has been that women are strong, beautiful, loyal, and to surround herself with the ones who will always have her back, even when they know she’s messed up.
Don’t believe the myth that women can’t be friends. We can be. We are.
I have surrounded myself with women who are accomplished, smart, amazing, and loyal. I know that the women in my life have my back. They know that I have their backs.
In a major way.
There is a narrative out there that women can’t be friends, that we’re catty, that we cut one another down. Do those women exist? Sure. They do. But they are the minority.
My friends are beautiful, not just Christie Brinkley beautiful, but beautiful in the ways that matter. We look out for one another.
I had a friend recently help me out at work. If that wasn’t enough, she was telling everyone she thought I was gorgeous.
I’m 50. I look in the mirror and see crows feet, an extra chin, maybe a little muffin top. My friend missed all of that. She sees other things, things that she loves me for, and I love her for that.
In return, I look at her and see a beautiful person who is generous and kind. I don’t notice her hair or if her boobs are sagging. Actually, I noticed how great her hair looked and that she seemed to be glowing.
And if anyone thought differently, I’d tell them where to go, maybe with some strong language. Ok, so definitely with some strong language.
Girls rule. I believe that, like in my heart of hearts. I look at all of the women in my life that I love, that love me, and I am grateful. I want that for my daughter. I want her to have friends who will have her back, who will love her no matter what, even when they think she’s wrong, especially when they think that she’s wrong.
Because we all need friends who will tell us when we mess up, even if they use different language. We all need friends who will tell us to get it together, that we deserve more, that they deserve more.
That’s what friendship is about. That’s what sisterhood is about. It is about unconditional love. It is about knowing that your friend’s truth is really about loving you, even while giving you the hard truth.
If you cannot look at the people in your life and know that their love is unconditional, you should walk out the door, like immediately, and find people who will love you no matter what.
Girls rule. Like really rule. Don’t buy the crap that women can’t be friends. We are amazing friends. We are the kind of friends who will cry when your heart is broken, hold your hand when you need lifting, glare at the person who did you wrong, and lift you up when your options seem limited.
If you don’t have that now, go out and find it, because there is nothing better than a woman who loves and supports you. Or women. You deserve them.
If you don’t have them, go find them.
I believe in girl power, not in the exclusion of men, but in addition.
Women rock. We may not rule the world, yet, but we should.
We are smart, accomplished, beautiful, loyal, and amazing. I have a squad. I love them. They love me. That’s how it should be.
Girls rule. We totally rule!