How much energy do you put into your social relationships?
Do you know that especially for women it’s really important to have this safety net?
I became aware of this again so much last weekend….
I’ve got my social network.
I’ve also got loads of special women in my safety net.
Women I can talk to when I’m down, when I’m a bit lost, when I need some assurance.
Then I also have relationships that aren’t always so present in my life.
Women who are there but maybe at a distance, who live in different countries, even some who live in different timezones.
Nevertheless they are present in my life.
With one of these special women, I spent several days last week.
We’ve talked loads, I’ve taught her new things, I’ve opened her mind to new techniques.
I’ve learned from her, I’ve been there with her being vulnerable, I’ve enjoyed her laughter,
listened to her big heart, her struggles and her love for life.
We have known each other for more than 50 years but spending 3 days together, 24 hours a day,
makes a real difference.
It gave us time to connect on a different level. To talk about a lot of things.
To get to know ourselves even better.
To tell each other how we saw things about our youth, each living our own experience but sharing now.
Now, when we’re much older and life has given us our experiences, our challenges, our joys and our setbacks.
One experience maybe but with two different outlooks.
I have known her for half a century and it’s amazing how time flies.
It also makes me tremendously happy that we’re still in touch.
We’ve got our own kind of Moai
In Okinawa, one of the blue zones in the world, people live longer (over 100)
than the general population. One of the reasons is that Japanese women have
this support group of friends that starts in childhood and extends into their 100s.
It’s a cultural tradition for built-in companionship.
They socialize together and that adds up to their health span.
So Moai is one of their longevity traditions.
My friend is definitely in my group. I hope she will also make it with me till well over 100!
Because together we will be healthier, happier and live longer.
Who doesn’t want that?
Health is not only about eating healthy and working out. There’s so much more to take into account.
Stress levels, sleep, toxins (environmental, emotional, spiritual), how you breathe, what you put on your skin, your career and your relationships. So many subjects that we don’t think about but that definitely have an impact on our health.
A lot of things you may want to change. Now, don’t change all in one go.
Go slow, take one step at a time.
Be persistent and you will see big changes.
If you’re struggling and you need some help with it, hop on a call with me.
Let’s have a chat and see if we’re a good fit