Fair warning: I’m going to get sappy here for a minute. Skip this post if you dislike gushing posts about the power of friendship and the gift of gal pals.
In my early 20’s I really didn’t have many female friends. I found that most women were overly competitive, critical, emotional, and difficult to please. Perhaps I was also all of these things — but I felt like I was a simple girl who just wanted to tell the truth to her girlfriends without it coming back to haunt her. Because I found very few of those women (with notable exceptions like my friend Shannon), I eschewed the company of women and spent most of my free time with male friends.
Fast forward to my near 40’s (gasp!) and my experience is completely different. I still have some amazing male friends, but my girl friends are spectacular and a complete blessing. They listen, they tune in and help, they give great advice, and they’re drama free. I don’t know what happened in the past 20 years to make us all grow up so much, but I’m so very happy it happened.
I notice the mission critical role of my female friends especially now, when I’m looking for my next role and seeking lots of career advice. Not only is the advice I’m getting very useful, it’s also constructive and supportive. I’m surrounded by so many strong, educated, successful and positive women — and I hope all of that passion and talent is rubbing off on me in the right way.
Those female friends are such a huge part of my life (you know who you are!) and they’re mentors, confidantes, playmates, fellow instigators, and (most importantly) friends.
The world would be a darker, less stylish, more rigid, colder, stodgier, and all around suckier place without those gals. Thank you for being my friend, and for inspiring your families, co-workers, organizations…and me.