Girls Are a Girl’s Best Friend

March 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

So yesterday was International Womens Day and it got me thinking about the amazing women I have in my life.  There are quite a few and I decided to pay an anonymous sort of homage to them here today (you may or may not recognize yourself here…if not, please forgive my lack of time and inability to remember every super cool person I know off the top of my head).

My female friends are awesome.  They’re not the giggly type of girls who act vapid to get a free drink at a bar and they certainly don’t live at the mall (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  While it may be true that my friends don’t run in the same little clique like the Sex and the City gals, they each bring something special to my life (not to mention the lives of countless others) and I would be incomplete without them.  They’re very different and many of them don’t even know each other but they all hold an important place in my heart (cue awww here).  Besides, who wants to be like the Sex and the City women anyway?  We have better things to spend our money on than ugly high-heeled shoes.

My friends are intelligent, successful and inspiring.  One is the Executive Director of  a non-profit and another runs more programs and sports activities for at-risk young girls than you can imagine.  One is in grad school and preparing to embark on a career that will help those with auditory and speech issues.  A different one researches and teaches at a downtown Chicago university and yet another is a librarian for the Chicago Public Libraries.  There’s the woman who’s in grad school for animation and hoping to intern with Pixar and the woman who is getting her clinical psychology doctorate while serving the GLBT community.  Not to mention my friend the copywriter who volunteers with the homeless or my pal who is working as hard as she can to support her husband while he goes back to school; then they’re going to switch off so she can finish her degree as well.  I also have a friend who make incredible jewelry from scratch and teach art at a high school, one who does social work to ensure children are being properly taken care of and rocks my socks off with her ability to rage at appropriate protests, one is a culinary genius with her own food blog and one that travels the world and lives wherever she wants.  One woman in particular is a recovering addict with one year clean (and of this I am SO proud) and another is a businesswoman ready to take on New York.

That doesn’t even touch on the women in my family – they are smart, savvy, caring and always there for one another.  They are great mothers, grandmothers, cousins, aunts, daughters and sisters.  The women in my family are the ones that taught me what it was to be a woman and they always make sure I knew I could do and be whatever I wanted.  They encourage me to do the things I imagine, even if they’re laughing or shaking their heads in puzzlement while I do them.

The women in my life are scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, leaders, feminists and all around amazing human beings.  They have taught me more about the world and myself than I could ever learn on my own and they have been there for me through some of the roughest and darkest parts of my life.  I am thankful for each and every one of them and if it were up to me, every day would be a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women such as these.  I know how lucky I am to have such great friends and family and I only hope they get as much from my friendship as I do from theirs – I would be nowhere without these ladies.  So thank you to the people in my life with two x chromosomes and I hope you have a few wonderful women in your life like I have in mine!

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