Female Friendship–The True Gift of the Season
by Mary Eileen Williams
By the time we reach 50, we’ve gone through a lot. We’ve lost loved ones to death and through the breaking of relationship ties. We’ve endured injured pride, damaged self-esteem, and crushing disappointments. We have sustained significant blows to the ego through painful experiences of rejection. And we’ve seen our nest empty, watching our children build their own lives while our loved ones (and we) grow older. We need our friends now more than ever before!
There is real power in this special bond between women. How many times have we struggled with a problem and, just as we throw up our hands in frustration and near-defeat, a devoted friend comes up with the perfect solution. Often we are too close to our own issues to be able to see them clearly. A good friend, however, cares for our best interests and, at the same time, is one step removed. She can see the big picture, stand up for us when we can’t stand up for ourselves, and make sure our needs are met—or, at the very least, provide us with a really good laugh.
A great and giving friend to Feisty Side of Fifty, Suzanne Braun Levine, is exploring the multi-layered facets of female friendship in her upcoming book, and she’s looking for stories from you. Friendships among women over 50 are especially rich due to the major transformational changes brought about by menopause and other life issues.
So give yourself a break from the holiday crazies, take 15 minutes and listen to what Suzanne has to say on Feisty Side of Fifty Radio, and take a moment to pen your thoughts on the friends who have enriched your life. Then send your stories to Suzanne at Slevine285@aol.com.
As the writer, Christi Mary Warner, once remarked, “A friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway.” So celebrate your special friendship and submit your story. Who knows? You just might find your piece in Suzanne’s next book—and that’s a pretty great way to celebrate 2013!
And, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend, be sure to check out the new paperback edition of How We Love Now. This will be a real gift that keeps on giving.
Mary Eileen Williams, M.A., N.C.C., is the founder of Feisty Side of Fifty/Baby Boomer Women., She has more than twenty years combined experience as a career/life transition counselor, workshop facilitator, university instructor, and writer. Her most recent book is filled with powerful job search techniques to help boomers successfully navigate the job market of today -: Land the Job You Love!: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50.