You might have noticed me mention my best friend before in blog posts but I don’t think I’ve ever had the opportunity to talk about who she is and what she means to me. She will hate this blog post but quite frankly, that’s tough, I’m writing it anyway.
I’ve known Jo for years and years, over 30 years at least (OMG), and the unique thing about our friendship is that we met because our mums were best friends from the age of 15 after they met at college. They remained best friends until my mum sadly passed away 10 years ago, so you can see that Jo has always been in my life – firstly because our families were friends, and then we developed a friendship in our own right.
We were each others’ bridesmaids and I was pretty distraught when she buggered off to Andover to live with her new husband – very selfish I thought. And so even though we haven’t always lived in the same county as each other, we’ve always been there for each other.
Our first jobs were both at the Financial Times and we still recount some of the crazy (and very drunken) nights we had ‘back in the day’ – boys we met, clubs we went to, stupid hairstyles we had … lots of wonderful memories.
We have a very similar (stupid) sense of humour and we’re pretty convinced we are going to hell, but at least we will be there together! Invariably, we are single at the same time and it’s been great to share the utter pain and misery that is dating with each other. We’ve been on the cheesiest of hen weekends together, kissed the same man on the same night (although this was a one-off thing I promise) and have been each others’ shoulder to cry on when life has been particularly hard.
A few years ago, I went through a very painful and emotional break-up with my ex partner. During our time together, he had managed to isolate me from most of my family and friends but I fought hard to hold onto my friendship with Jo, it was just too important to let go. There was a time when I needed her more than I ever had and that’s when I had to go to court with regards to my ex. It was painful, stressful, emotional and quite frankly the most hideous thing I’ve ever been through, but Jo was at my side every step of the way. I couldn’t have got through it without her. She was an amazing support to me, on that day, and every day since.
Everyone needs someone like Jo in their life. Someone that has your back, no matter what. Someone that can make you laugh until you wet yourself, and I’m not even joking (unfortunately it’s an age thing, you’ve been warned), and we just have the type of friendship where I would do anything for her and I know she feels the same. Well, she better feel the same.
I’m blessed to be surrounded by awesome women. I’ve made real friends online that have translated into real-life friends, and every day I am reminded that there are incredible women out there doing amazing jobs – whether that’s my friend Pauline (who I’ve never met), who has been so incredibly supportive of her partner coming out as a trans gender woman, my friend Karen who is supporting her husband who has just been diagnosed with cancer, or a whole host of other women who are doing fantastic jobs of raising the next generation of women (and men!)
It was International Women’s Day recently and Canesten got in touch with me because they wanted me to talk about an important woman in my life and what they mean to me. I’m not sure I’ve managed to do a good enough job but I hope she at least appreciates the sentiment! Canesten help a lot of women around the world, especially those who are less fortunate than most of us, and are particularly supportive to refugee women affected by the Middle East crisis. You can follow the #SheHelped hashtag for more information.
Canesten has very kindly given me a £50 John Lewis voucher to give away as a competition prize and all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me about a time when another amazing woman has helped you in some way. I’m not looking for an essay, a brief comment will be fine, but it would be great to hear some uplifting stories about fantastic women in your lives.
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* This post has been supported by Canesten, but words are my own.
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