My heart is so full. I just spent the weekend filling my soul with good friends – friends that have been a constant in my life-during the good and the bad for the last 28 years. Friends who became the sisters that I never had. Who knew when we pledged the sorority at the age of 18 and they said this sisterhood was for a lifetime, that it was really true? But as I sit here with my heart about to explode and my soul re-energized, I can tell you that it is true.
A weekend with no make up, no phones, no pretending…just sharing and laughing and being who we are. We talked about our kids, our husbands, our struggles, our fears, our joys…but we also went back in time and relived our college days a bit with some sorority Olympics, a dance contest, singing old sorority songs, telling stories, and maybe drinking a little too much. I haven’t laughed that much in a really long time and my heart and soul needed it. In the busyness of life, in the stress, in the overwhelm at times, I so needed it.
Once a year at a minimum we try to get together – coming from different states and different cities. It isn’t easy to coordinate schedules, and kids’ sports, and work schedules, and life. Last year that didn’t happen so we made sure it did this year.
There is something so calming about old friends. True friends. Twenty-eight years later these are the girls that I can truly just be myself with. These are the type of friends where you pick up right where you left off. The type of friends who knew you before kids, and husbands, and careers, and maybe even before you knew yourself. Friends where you can share your messy, crazy life with. Friends that won’t judge – but will be there to support you.
For me, as much as I love my life, I still need my girlfriends. We’ve been through it all – cancer, the loss of a parent, infertility, divorce, sharing the birth of our kids, other health issues, jobs, new relationships, new families, parenting struggles, marriage issues, aging parents, and day to day silliness. When I was facing cancer and scared to death, they were there to help me pull out my hair, hold my hand, change my bandages, clean my toilets, and wipe away my tears. They were also there to make me laugh until my stitches split open. They were there for the birth of my son. They were there when my world fell apart after my husband left and I was heartbroken, lost and truly wondering how I would go on. And they were there when I found love again and started my next chapter with my new family. They have always been there and I am so truly blessed.
At times, I know it’s easy for us all to get “busy” with life, with the kids, with day to day things – and we think that we don’t have time right now – but in the end, “true” friends are the one thing you can count on. They’ve got your back, will do anything for you, tell you things you may not want to hear, are there to wipe your tears and give you a hug and are there to celebrate the good. We can’t get too busy for them. Because no matter what, you will always need them.
Don’t ever take your girlfriends for granted. Don’t get so busy in life that you don’t make the time. My girlfriends truly feed my soul. I am so grateful I have continued to make the time over the years no matter what is going on in my life. It hasn’t been easy and sometimes I have dropped the ball, went MIA, and not returned a call or message because of the overwhelm in my life. But I have realized that those are the times that I need them most. So, I keep showing up. I keep trying to be that friend. Because I know what those friends have meant to me.
Even though we don’t all live in the same place, neither time nor miles keeps us from picking up right where we left off. My heart is full. Make the time for your friends today – you know the ones. You never know when you are going to need them to pick you up off the floor, give you a quick kick in the rear, and make you laugh until you pee your pants. That is the power of friendship…
True friends feed your soul and make you whole no matter what else is going on in your life.
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