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Wanted: A Woman Friend
Letters From My Bed

Today, on International Women’s Day, I came across this stunning photo, shot by Reuben Wu. This image is so captivating, so poignant, that it inspires today’s Letter From My Bed.

The last twelve months, I have witnessed the strength and resilience of the women who adorn my life. They are the helping hands when you need it most, they are the therapists when you can’t afford one, they are the cheerleaders that make you believe you can, the bandaid that sits with your boo-boo on the bathroom floor with two pints of Haagen Daaz, they are your Gayle Kings on a Friday night after a date gone bad, they are the she-ee-ohs who plant the seed called ‘Of course you can!’ in you, they are your soul sisters whose ripple effect of kindness make you so damn lucky that life on earth is shared with women like them.

Photo: Reuben Wu

Photo: Reuben Wu

If you are lonely, don’t look for a boyfriend. Go find some women and befriend them. Find a mother and befriend them, you will learn the lesson of how sweet the fruit of a sacrifice can be and immerse yourself in her experience. When you feel like you want to give up, find a woman who started her business even with a dollar too short, because on days you believe you can’t, she will be the first to tell you that you can and you absolutely must, and she will show you the way.

On Friday night when you feel like you are destined to date men who cannot love you, I hope you have a woman friend who she herself had gone on to too many bad dates to count, and slept with anyone from a yogi to a tattooed Nine Inch Nails wannabe in the back of some limo, who will not allow you to sink yourself neck deep in self pity, but instead invites you to breakfast at the home she shares with her handsome and loving husband, makes you quiche and tells you to go date some more, and to keep her posted of your progress because if your way fails, she knows some nice men.

When you spent your entire night sucking in your stomach for a date and wearing the world’s least awesome bra, I hope you have some woman friends who insist you come to dinner in your yoga pants, where sucking in your stomach is not only discouraged but banned, and the following weekend go with you to a bra shop in Long Beach to buy the world’s most awesome bra for your glorious boobs.

Here’s to finding more woman friends to adorn our lives so that we can laugh a little louder, dream a little bit bigger, travel a little bit further, be kinder a little more often, believe in ourselves a little more frequent, and above all, love ourselves just a little bit deeper.


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  • March 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I’m so honored to be your friend. I’ll come to lunch in spandex with you anytime, girl!

    • Romantic Beast
      March 8, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      LOL! Spandex mandatory!

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