Some of it was pure luck — I was born into a relationship with my mother and my paternal grandmother and my cousin.
Some of it was due to the work of other people — I was given sisters-in-law and a mother-in-law and a stepmother. Two amazing nieces were bestowed upon me.
And some of it was us — I was gifted a best friend I adore.
I live my life surrounded by amazing, strong, capable women.
We often have differing political opinions. We argue at times. We forget to call each other when we get busy. But the thread of love, compassion, respect, and empathy weaves us together; a beautiful tapestry of love.
The women in my life give me life.
Don’t misunderstand — I love the men in my life, too. My grandpa, dad, stepdad, brothers, friends, and husband have made (and continue to make) huge positive impacts in my life.
But the women. The strong, fierce, independent, strong, beautiful, amazing women I am lucky enough to love and be loved by — they build me up, make me laugh, teach me, test me, piss me off, and are always there for me.
Oh, female friends are amazing. According to science!
“As women, we thrive on strong relationships with our girlfriends. Such friendships give women an outlet to share their problems, thoughts, feelings, and triumphs with those they feel a close bond with. […] Most of my emotional and mental strength comes from deep bonds with the strong females in my life.”
She goes on to discuss a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, in which women with early-stage breast cancer were four times more likely to die from cancer if they didn’t have very many friends. Those with a larger group of friends with early-stage breast cancer had a much better survival rate.