We’re obviously familiar with Valentine’s Day, but have you heard of Galentine’s Day? It began several years ago because of mention on the show, Parks and Recreation. It also has entry on Urban Dictionary, so it’s clearly meant to be acknowledged.
February 13th has been deemed a day to celebrate another year of friendship with your Gal Pal’s. If this is all new to you, don’t worry, it was new to me too! But, Kia and I have always been firm believers that your soulmate doesn’t have to be a romantic interest; it could very well be your best girlfriend. And that, my friend, is a party in itself!
I grew up with lots of boy cousins. We would often play football, ride our bikes, watch sports and simply crack jokes, entertaining ourselves for hours. Being around males was a natural habitat for me, and as I grew older, I gravitated towards having lots of guy friends. It must be said that I did, indeed, have a few female friends, but they weren’t always kind. As an adolescent, I struggled fitting in with girls, as I just didn’t understand the lingo. I looked different, I loved sports, and things that were important to them, meant very little to me. I was never truly accepted for me. Consequently, I shied away from close friendships with other girls.
It wasn’t until I had children that I began to understand the power of girlfriends. As women, we are so incredible at keeping it all together. We manage the lives of everyone around us effortlessly. Rarely is there a time to let that all go and just be YOU. There is nothing more magical than being around women that ‘get you’.
I love how we may not share the same experiences, but we find a way to open our hearts and just be there for each other. REAL friendship between women is replenishing in a world where life can sometime deplete you. Your girlfriends keep you sane and make you laugh! It’s amazing that I made it so long without them.
We are made of the finest wine, the most decadent chocolate, the creamiest ice cream, the strongest steel and fire. We are women, and we should celebrate that!