I'm learning so much about about the power of a circle of women in my life. I can't break down the gender science behind it for you, and I cant give you a solid reason why it works so well. I can't tell you what the women in your group will look like and I can't tell you how many will be in it. But I can tell you that as you open yourself up and allow your vulnerabilities to shine through... that the women you need most will come.
All you need to do is share your strength on days that you are strong. And then she shares her strength when she is strong. And she does too, as well as her and her and her... Every woman giving strength on the days when they are effervescent and their power is illuminating; sharing it selflessly, kindly, ferociously, lovingly. Every woman taking strength on the days when she feels weak. Grabbing hands when she falls; finding familiar faces when the world starts to look contorted and distant. The unspoken understanding that we all have days where we falter and need someone to stand in our corner. The understanding that on some level, we've been there too.
The building of ladies connected by humanity, reality, and anatomy. A group of friends seamlessly woven into a support system that allows tears and instigates smiles. Maybe they all know each other, or maybe they'll never meet. Maybe you see them daily, or maybe they are just friends through your online community. But the important part is that you are the hub in the midst of your powerful female fabric. Invest in relationships so that when you need a rally, it appears. So that on nights where you are curled up on the couch under blankets and the world seems determined to crush you... you can fall back into the arms of your friends and allow yourself to be caught. On nights like tonight.
Just because we can make it through life alone doesn't mean we have to.