Sometimes life drifts along and everything is rosy and then BAM! you’re thrown a curveball (or two…or three). But it’s always good to know there are people who have got your back, who will support you no matter what, and will bring humour and love and sometimes a much needed ‘pull yourself together’- namely, your girlfriends.
When I emigrated to the other side of the world 11 years ago I left my friends behind- and while it’s great to still be in touch with them electronically I was faced with building a new life in a strange country. Then, too, when I decided to change professions I was in the same boat, leaving behind the safety of a job I knew well, and, more importantly, colleagues who I could turn to whenever things got rough – walking away from a 22 year nursing career was like jumping ship without a lifeboat- and I’m a terrible swimmer.
Luckily I have managed to find new people in my personal and working life (and many who cross over both) who I can laugh with and cry with and who I can talk to about the good, the bad and the ugly times. The common link between these amazing people? They’re all women. Talented, clever, funny and loyal. Sassy, bright and, above all, strong. Girl friends are honest and reliable – they’ll hold your hair when you’re throwing up, will tell you when something really does make your bum look big, they’ll bring food you love, they’ll listen to you ranting at 4 in the morning. Most importantly, they listen. Get between a woman and her BFF and there’ll be hell to pay!
And while often I decry the technology of today as a time-suck I’m pretty damned grateful because, without it, I wouldn’t have got to know half of them. Very grateful indeed.
I’ve had an ‘interesting’ week both professionally and personally and I’ve been overwhelmed by support. Over the weekend I was lucky enough to catch up with a couple of my girlfriends and learnt a new thing while watching Magic Mike (actually, I learnt quite a few new things while watching Magic Mike)…
I learnt that nothing says friendship more than letting the fed-up girlfriend have first dibs on Channing Tatum (if only…)
So, treasure your girlfriends- talk to them, laugh with them, cry with them- take what they offer and give the love right back. And to all my amazing girlfriends, some say that family are everything- you may not be blood, but you’re my family now. And I’ve got your back too.
Do you manage to catch up with your girlfriends? What’s the favourite thing you do with them? Movies? Talking? Weekends away?