Every former Girl Scout worth her badges remembers the oft-repeated refrain: “Make new friends but keep the old… one is silver and the other gold.” And from the perspective of having lived well over fifty years on the planet, we understand this sentiment more than ever before.
Old friendships truly are golden: priceless trips down memory lane, shared belly laughs at the thought of youthful foibles and faux pas, and a shorthand language that comes from the retelling of favorite times spent together. After decades of friendship, the women who “knew you when” know you awfully well.
However, just like real silver, new friendships seem to gleam with a special sparkle. And when that new friend is none other than Suzanne Braun Levine, former editor of Ms. magazine and author of several books for women over fifty, that glow can be amazing indeed…
Through a series of happy events, I’m now lucky enough to call Suzanne a friend and am extra fortunate to have been included in her latest book, You Gotta Have Girlfriends: A Post-Fifty Posse is Good For Your Health. This work is an intriguing combination of insights, interviews, and recent findings from the medical community that bring to light the ways our female friendships not only enrich our lives but provide multiple health benefits as well. To hear more about this vital and fascinating information (for example, having friendships in later life is as critical to your health as quitting smoking), tune into our latest 15-minute conversation on Blog Talk Radio.
And—as a special treat—you won’t want to miss Suzanne’s celebration of friendship on the WHOA! (Women Honoring Our Age) Network. Tune in live on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. ET or catch it later on YouTube.
As they put it on WHOA: “Have a friend join you for some wine, insight and fun on this LIVE show.” And, if you like, add a comment on their page sharing how a girlfriend has changed your life for the better in the last 5 years. Your story could be featured on the live show. (Here’s the link to the show page.)
At our age, it’s truly time to put the drama, jealousies, and petty annoyances aside, surround ourselves with the people who lift our spirits, make us laugh, and provide us with the deep connection that feeds both our bodies and our soul: our girlfriends! Come to think of it, ain’t they just great?!