I’ve been finding all these great photos of girlfriends on Pinterest. Like this one. And this one. And this gem.
So it got me here: I always say that I see my friends with my mind’s eye. When they gain or lose weight, it’s hard for me to notice. (And I know this annoys some of them.) I always see them as they are, like that line from Bridget Jones’s Diary.
When we (the Converse Gang, an ever-evolving, contracting, and expanding group of girls) were younger in middle school, we didn’t think of ourselves as beautiful. We were just comfortable. Most of the time. With who we were. Especially when we were together. And from that comfort grew love. For ourselves and for each other and for life.
(Side note: I’m writing this while listening to Taylor Swift. That is all.)
(All photos via my personal archives)