Friendship has been at the top of my mind recently. This poem from @hannahrowrites popped up in my feed the other day and I thought it was such a beautiful encapsulation of the strength and power of female friendships.
Friendships have always been so important to me and I am fortunate to have many strong friendships from all phases of my life. I have friends that I meet up with for weekly walks to vent, laugh, commiserate and be vulnerable. I have friends from childhood, that I only text with occasionally, but when we reunite it’s like no time has passed. We know each other down to the very core and there is something so comforting and special about that.
I could go on about all the reasons I love and cherish my female friendships, but here are my top 5. What are yours?
5 Favorite Things About Female Friendships
They Know and Understand the Trials and Tribulations of Womanhood First Hand
As much as our male counterparts can try to empathize with all that women endure, they will just never fully get it. From periods to pregnancy, birth to sexism, inequality and trauma, the list goes on. As Lake Street Dive so eloquently put it, “being a woman is a full-time job.” Having your girlfriends there to commiserate with is essential. Venting about your hardships and the general unfairness of the world is not only helpful but imperative for mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Not only do we need each other to commiserate with, but also to come together to fight the good fight and make change. Without each other we wouldn’t be able to make our voices heard.
Girlfriends Can Make You Laugh Harder Than Anyone Else
Laughter is the best medicine, right? Well your girlfriends are the only people that can make you laugh harder (to the point of tears) than anyone else in the world. That laughter is the best way to get through hard times, celebrate good times and push through the boring times. It’s what inspires us, brings us joy and lights up our life. It gives us hope when we feel we can’t go on and helps us know we’re not alone.
They Will Give You the Hard Honest Truth
True friends are those who will be real with you when no one else will. We know we can count on our best friends to tell us the truth even when we don’t want to hear it. In the moment, this can be challenging and sometimes we might even resent them for it, but in the end we are thankful our friends can be the people in our lives that give us that wake up call when we need it most.
Female Friends Will Be There for You No Matter What
I know I can count on my best girlfriends to be there for me through thick and thin. I have been through lows and my truest girlfriends were there to help pick me back up and kick my booty into shape. They were there to console me when I was grieving, and then be my biggest cheerleaders when it was time to face the big bad world again. I knew I could count on them and I don’t know what I would have done without them.
Girlfriends Will Fill You Up and Inspire You
One of the most wonderful things about our strongest, truest friends is they build us up and encourage us to go after our dreams. They have our best interests at heart and want us to be the best version of ourselves. They believe in us when no one else does, even when we don’t believe in ourselves! What a truly special thing.
Our girlfriends are a shoulder to cry on, a smile to laugh with and a soul to connect with on the deepest level. They are those people that we just instantly click with. It’s these true soulmates who fill up our cups, inspire us and make us feel so loved and cared for. I don’t know what I would do without my female friendships and I know they will continue to grow and change as I do. I look forward to all the love, inspiration and joy ahead with these beautiful women.
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