Who can you go skinny dipping with, in the middle of the night, while on a retreat? Your girlfriends! Yep, I did that! I know it sounds weird, but it was, first of all, a contemplative, almost ritualistic moment, then it was a whole lot of giggling. Out of my comfort zone? You bet, and I would do it again. We were all over 50 and it was so much fun.
I am very much an introvert. I am comfortable being alone. So comfortable, in fact, that I forget I need to socialize until my girlfriends remind me. I don’t realize how much I miss and need them until I’m with them. My girlfriends are the glue that holds me together. They are there to laugh with me, to get angry on my behalf, to help me see reason, to be honest with me, to get silly with me, to push me to do new things or sometimes just to be there for me.
Last night I went out with a couple of girlfriends I hadn’t seen in a while, nothing spectacular, dinner and margaritas. We did some catching up, laughed a lot, and it was like we had just talked the day before. Recently I reconnected with another friend that I hadn’t seen in years. We picked up right where we left off, we “get” each other, we still connect emotionally, and there’s no judgment, that’s how friendships should be. I have a few other friendships I’d like to rekindle. I’m looking to strengthen my tribe.
As women, we need to have girlfriends. We need to cultivate and keep those friendships. Girlfriends are important to us mentally, physically and emotionally. Let’s keep those friendships going ladies!