“I AM MY SISTERS KEEPER”… five words that personify love, friendship, bonding and compassion. In fact, when you are able to express these words about a friend, a mother, a daughter, or a blood sister, it creates a covenant that cannot be broken. The Urban Dictionary defines sisterhood as “a bond between two or more girls, not always related by blood. They always tell the truth, honor each other and love each other like sisters.” What a priceless treasure it is to experience true sisterhood. To me, it goes beyond just having a girlfriend. Sisterhood creates a space where you can feel comfortable to share your inner most thoughts and feelings. Where you are able to completely open up and share your dreams, your hopes, your fears, your joys and pain. You are able to share you, your life. Sisterhood means you have my back and I have yours, no matter what and there is value added to one another’s lives. It means I can tell you the truth even when it’s not pretty. It means when you hurt, I hurt and when you are happy it makes me happy. Sisterhood is when all we have to do is look at one another and all of the sudden here comes gut busting laughter at an inside joke. Sisterhood is holding my hand in times of sorrow and being supportive during the good times. Recently, as I sat in a hospital room with my sister, not at all happy with the circumstances, I began to take selfies of both of us on her bed. They were awful and the more I threatened to post them on social media the more we both laughed so hard, we completely forgot where we were. At that moment, we were sisters, we were little girls again, laughing and enjoying each other’s presence even in the midst of pain. As I prepared to leave for the night, she looked at me and I looked at her. I felt her joy and pain and she felt mine. She gently said I love you and I responded I love you too. I am my sister’s keeper and she is mine.
My top four reasons why sisterhood is an important factor in a woman’s well being:
1. A living journal – Sisterhood is like having a living journal. You can share, you can vent and you can express yourself in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. When the conversation is over the book closes and what is shared between the two of you stays there.
2. Comedic relief – Sisterhood provides a space for your inner child to run free. To act silly and to dance like no one’s watching. True sisterhood is laughter and food for the soul.
3. A safe space – Sisterhood provides a safe space to just be you. There’s no need for pretentions, no need to be super mom, super wife or super employee. It’s a place of rest where you can be you and not feel guilty about it.
4. A role model – Sisterhood provides an opportunity to show the next generation of girls how to bond, care, uplift and inspire one another. Our girls need to know that it’s okay to show support, give a compliment, offer encouragement and to be a help in time of need.
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