Laugh, Cry, Connect: The Beauty Of Female Friendships

Laugh, Cry, Connect: The Beauty Of Female Friendships | Darling Magazine

So much is expected of us in this culture that we live in. There is a lot of pressure put on us to be strong yet tender, nurturing yet independent, adventurous yet grounded. We are mothers, caretakers and hostesses, but also students, professionals and contributing members of society. We find time to work, play, feed our families and ourselves, take care of ourselves physically and emotionally and at the same time look out for the well being of our loved ones. Who better to understand all that we’re balancing than other women who are doing the same thing?

We have this tendency to stand in opposition to one another—to fight and compare and tear one another down. Our culture seems to breed this kind of behavior towards other women with a constant barrage of images and expectations. But let me tell you, I have seen some powerful things happen when groups of women put all negativity aside to be there for one another, unite and live in harmony with their fellow females. We have a responsibility to look out for each other, because we are in this together.

There is so much freedom in the presence of other women. We can laugh, cry, connect, converse and empathize. We can teach and mentor one another. We can be moved to action, or we can just rest among one another. We can offer each other comfort and a sense of being understood in ways that our male counterparts (try as they might) will never fully be able to grasp.

Today I encourage you to think about the women in your life. Be amazed by them. Allow them to be amazed by you. Encourage and empower them. Strengthen each other. Love each other. Celebrate each other! Cherish and fiercely protect your female relationships, for in the midst of all that our culture demands of us women, it is in those relationships that you have the potential to find a special kind of healing, compassion and acceptance.

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Erin Willis-McNeely is a currently a Masters student in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theologically Seminary. When she is not a slave to the schoolbooks, she is a newlywed, a nanny, a music lover and a mama to one crazy puppy.

4 COMMENTS
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  • N June 21, 2013

    Hello! Just wanted to let you know that the original credit for that image is Tec Petaja. That image has been circulating the web for awhile now but he was the one who originally took the image, I believe for a Kinfolk Magazine shoot. Sorry, I’m a stickler for giving credit where credit is due 🙂

  • Emily May 23, 2013

    Close female relationships are something I’ve struggled with in the past. But as you’ve said so well, the rewards are well worth the effort.

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