It seems like today, girls see each other more as competition than sisters in arms.The narrative has become one of judgment and ridicule, one-upping, and put-downs, all in order to satiate this gaping void inside females that who they are in any given moment is never enough.The focus always seems to be put on how there's always some chick out there who's better, prettier, stronger, more gifted...
I am lucky to have some very special women in my life who don't subscribe to this dangerous and destructive line of thinking, who approach friendship the way I wish everyone could...
They uplift me, they accept me, and they love me for free.
They teach me everyday that my successes are theirs and vice versa, that beauty is not our only currency, that our differences are our strengths, that our flaws are our most wonderful accessories, and that we are truly stronger together.
Here's to my women friends, who are fantastic examples of the love we all are capable of providing for our sisters. "Be brave enough to break your own heart." - Cheryl Strayed I may not be many things, but one thing I AM is a willing participant in this life and everything it brings.
I am willing to let go of what I felt desperate to cling to, I am willing to go without the things and people that I thought brought me comfort even if that comfort stemmed only from knowing how to sit in the hurt, I am willing to break my own heart in order to put it back together properly.
I am willing to gamble, knowing now that if there's one person I can bet on, it's myself. But with that falling apart comes the possibility of a coming together. Life is hard but it's beautiful if you let it be. Set yourself free, break your own heart, take a chance, and unleash that You inside that feels far too scary to reveal to the world. In that courageous act you just might find a joy you couldn't have imagined for yourself and an example for others to follow too. The gifts you have given me are innumerable, the most important of which is your love. I had watched Willy Wonka a hundred times, memorized every word you'd said, and every song you sang. Thank you for believing in me the way you do, for working so hard to always provide for our family, and for allowing me to live a life most only dream of. You were mesmerizing in every frame of every film; so brilliant that I didn't know how it was possible you were real, and how I'd gotten so lucky that I would get to share the screen with you. Thank you for saying Yes, and for sacrificing as much as I know you did just so I could play pretend forever. When you walked onto that set and took my hands in yours, and said in a hushed voice "Hello darling, I'm Gene" it sounded like the sweetest secret I had ever heard. I worried you could feel the clamminess of my palms. I told you I was nervous to sing with you and you said "Don't be nervous. It was the first time in my life I had ever experienced brilliance right before my very eyes. I love you to the moon and back today and every day. It's just me." People are seldom as great as you, at anything. Thank you for everything you contributed to our world. And thank you for easing a young girl's mind, and keeping her hope alive that one day she could be great too. who has opened many doors, minds, and hearts to the idea that anyone of any gender can be funny, compelling, and powerful all through the brave act of being themselves no matter what's thrown at them.