The Power of Sisterhood: Finding Belonging and Strength Through Female Friendships
"Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher." - Oprah Winfrey
Growing up with two brothers, I always felt like I didn't quite fit in with other girls. Their ways of thinking and communicating were different from mine, and I found it hard to connect with them. However, as I grew older, I realized that having a strong sisterhood was crucial. I have been fortunate enough to have met some incredible women who have become like sisters to me, and they have been a constant source of support and unwavering love through thick and thin.
The importance of sisterhood became apparent when I struggled through a divorce. One of my girlfriends, who happened to be a lawyer, helped me find a good divorce lawyer and offered me valuable advice. Her support and encouragement helped me immensely during a difficult time.
Another example of the importance of sisterhood occurred when I was busy on the weekends and needed someone to take care of my child. I dropped my child off with my mommy friends, who also had their children. My child played with their kids, and I could get things done without worrying about my child's well-being.
At work, I also bonded with a few ex-colleagues who were divorced with children. We shared similar feelings and experiences, and they helped me navigate through my heartbreak and move forward, all for the sake of our children.
Even during the pandemic, when we were physically apart, we remained connected through virtual means. For example, we had regular Saturday night Zoom calls to catch up on each other's lives and share what was happening in different parts of the world, from Jakarta to Seoul, Hong Kong to London, and New York to elsewhere.
My friendships with these incredible women have brought me immense joy and strength. Even though some of them have moved away or gotten busy with life events like work and marriage, we have always made it a point to stay connected and support each other in every way possible.
We've shared some of the most unforgettable experiences, from exploring new hobbies and interests to traveling to different parts of the world together. These shared experiences have only strengthened our bond, making it more meaningful and memorable.
Through it all, I've learned that true sisterhood can transcend time and distance. These women have been a persistent presence in my life, and I know that no matter what we're going through or where we are, we'll always be there for each other. They are my tribe, confidantes, cheerleaders, and support system all rolled into one.
A strong sisterhood reminds us that we're never truly alone in a world where it can be easy to feel isolated and disconnected. While building and maintaining these relationships may require effort and work, the rewards are immeasurable. The support, love, and sense of belonging that come with sisterhood are irreplaceable.
So if you're struggling to connect with other women or feel like you don't have the support system you need, know that sisterhood is out there, waiting for you to embrace it. With dedication and effort, you too, can experience the incredible bond and sisterhood that has brought me so much joy and strength.
TRUTH: Divorce can be a difficult and challenging experience, but thanks to the incredible support of the women in my life, I could survive and thrive. Their support allowed me to become a stronger mother and person, and I'll always cherish the love and kindness they showed me. This experience has taught me the importance of seeking help when needed and not being afraid to ask for support during difficult times. Together, we can overcome anything life throws our way.
Have you found your sisterhood or tribe that supports you through your ups and down? You can share with us about your own experiences in the comment below.