When you're single, there is so much pressure to assure everyone around you that you're okay that it's easy to fall into the reflex of saying "My career is amazing!" and "I'm having such a blast with my friends!" But the truth is, most people -- married and single -- don't have that.
If someone is constantly telling you how wrong you are or your actions are wrong let them go. Let them be in their own misery without you. Your life will be so much happier without the drama of a "bad friend."
On the 19th, I attended Hannush's Under, performed by The Con-Etiquette Players. Using flashbacks between a psychiatric hospital and Yale University, a group of millennials explore the themes of friendship, mental illness and ambition.
A strong social support system is vital for both your mental and physical health following cancer. Your social support system will provide guidance, advice, and assistance; offer shoulders to cry on; and help relieve stress.
For women in the Otherhood, the term I introduced in my book of the same name for those who aren't part of the expected social norm of marriage and motherhood, whether by choice, or like me, by circumstance, our friendships are key.
Outside of my family and Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier, Orchid, nothing makes me feel warmer and fuzzier than my girlfriends! Yesterday was no exception as five of us lunched, as we do twice weekly, outdoors at the Luxe Bar Restaurant in Chicago.
I'm not trying to say that there will be no more great moments in the future, but we need to realize that sometimes the grass is greenest right where we are standing and we should be living for the moments we have right now before it's too late.
The friends of a lifetime are right in front of you. Don't waste another minute of your 20s without the ones who will serve as your compass, your soft pillow to fall on, your confidant, and your unwavering hand to hold.
The Internet is undoubtedly an invaluable link between people separated by distance. But this link must be built on a stronger foundation of intimacy and familiarity and a balance of online and offline interactions will pave the way to better relationships in the world.
I lost a friend, but I haven't lost hope. I wake up every morning, wondering if this will be the day I meet the man of my realistic, 40 year-old dreams -- someone who hasn't been in my life in another capacity; a man with whom a history will begin... now.