There is a real beauty and strength in friendship.
Choosing to open up your life, your heart, sharing your fears and your dreams with those people who have come into your life for whatever reason, and with whom you have a connection; a special bond. Do you believe that you have something amazing to offer people? Well your friends can see that you do, even if you cannot.
As a woman, I am starting to think more and more about my relationships with the other women I have the privilege to call my friends. I want to celebrate my womanhood in all its beauty and awkwardness, lumps and bumps, and glorious technicolour!
I recently spent some time with my mother-in-law in Melbourne, Australia. Every Wednesday she has a group of friends visit, and these ladies make up the Sewing Club. They come together, around the kitchen table, sewing, stitching, cutting patterns in fabric, drinking tea, eating sandwiches and cakes, chatting (a lot) and generally setting the world to rights! I gate-crashed for a cup of tea and a chat, and I asked how long they had been meeting. Can you believe that they have been meeting every week for about 20 years?
I was attracted to the beauty and strength in their friendship and special bond. Fantastic! I thought ‘ wow! I want this! For my life, and the lives of my friends!’ Now my sewing and knitting skills are fairly basic, but it’s not really about that is it? It’s about the coming together, the togetherness and the sharing. I would want it to be about empowering each other; women empowering women; celebrating the ups and downs of life together; growing together. I think this may be my new mission, to deepen my positive relationships with the women around me, with a view to empowering and encouraging each other to be our best. What do you think about that?
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