This past weekend my girlfriends and I got together to celebrate one of our own getting married.
We spent a night in Salt Lake City, eating food, chatting, and mostly just laughing hysterically. It was good for the soul I tell you.
I read an interview with Kate Hudson recently. (she is so wise) She talked about nurturing your relationships with the women in your life. She said at some point, or maybe multiple times, maybe even multiple times a day, you have to decide whether or not your competing against, or supporting your girlfriends.
The answer should be simple, always supporting. Yet, more often than I'd like to admit, I find myself in an imaginary competition, in which I am the only player, with these woman who I claim to love. (and I do, I really do)
If I'm being honest, it actually happens with more people than just my friends. It happens with my own family, and perfect strangers too. (I obviously have some issues)
The silly interview with Kate really hit home. I know that I am guilty, and that the competition only brings me unhappiness.
Comparison, it's the root of all evil.
And when we are sitting around in a circle, covered head to toe in 6 cans of silly string, laughing until we cry, it becomes crystal clear that I don't have to be the skinniest, the prettiest, the richest, the smartest, or the most successful for these girls to love me for who I am. And I can love them for the qualities I envy in them, and be genuinely happy for their success.
Epiphany; Life is so much better when it's not about you.