Day 163 – Who Needs Girlfriends?

7 HUGS, 3 children, 3 adults (1 husband, 2 neighborhood friends)

I cried unexpected tears today. In the middle of a conversation with one of my girlfriends I began to talk about how important having girlfriends has come to mean to me. Throughout my life I have had about a handful of girlfriends that I have truly confided in and opened up to. I have had lots of friends who I have encouraged to open up to me. Not just what they are about, but who they are. Yet, I have failed to have the courage to do the same back.

Courage. I appear to have an abundance of it lately. I guess that’s what putting yourself out there day in and day out does for you. I have begun to assert myself more. I speak with a more confident tone. And yes, I have begun to share more of myself with my girlfriends. Turns out any fears that I had were unfounded. Rather than finding out that they don’t understand or like the person I am, they happily greet me with open arms. They call more often. They ask to know more about me. Now I understand that it’s not just about being there for them. It’s about giving a piece of yourself to them as well.

The tears I shed today were tears of joy. Tears that celebrated life long girlfriends, newly discovered friendships and the excitement of friendships yet to be had.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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