Recently, a friend sent me an article about the female friendships developing on this season of The Bachelor. Most reality shows have that cheesy line, “I’m not here to make friends” and women are pitted against each other. On this season, however, it’s different. In the episode where Emily is dumped, the other girls go to comfort her with hugs and positive words. Sure, they’re all interested in marrying Ben, but can ultimately respect their friendships more. I appreciated that JoJo took the time to speak on-camera individually to talk about how much she cares for Emily. This leads me to the topic of female friendships. It’s something I love. My girlfriends are everything to me. You guys know who you are! Life wouldn’t be as much fun without them. Here is why female friendships are so powerful:
- They lift you up in good and bad times. They’re always there for you, 24/7. I think of Rachel Green and Monica Geller from friends. In the pilot episode, Rachel left Barry at the altar and immediately moved in with Monica. It’s generous that Monica was willing to let Rachel become her roommate and invite her into their group of friends.
- They are your person and your twisted sister. This is like Cristina Yang and Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy. Other people don’t always get you, but this person is more than happy to be with you. They complete each other as friends and as surgeons.
- They empower you to be the best person you can be. I think of Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins from Parks and Recreation. Leslie expresses her love for Ann by saying things like, “Ann, you beautiful rule breaking moth…” or “Ann, you, beautiful, tropical fish…” Leslie is quirky in the way she empowers Ann. It’s something we should all do more of. Tell a friend she’s great, just because you can.
- No matter how much you screw up, they’ll always be there by your side. Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen are a perfect example of this. They did a lot of stupid things to each other, but their friendship always come first.
- They’ll take your secrets to the grave. In Desperate Housewives, Bree, Susan, Lynette and Gabrielle did this for each other. Each of them had their own dirty laundry. Their friendships were so strong that secrets would always be kept. Being able to trust your friends is extremely important.
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