Having grown up in a largely male dominated family, having a girl gang was never really my thing. Most of my formative years, I was a bit of an outsider, with one or two really close friends who were normally male. Sure, they were part of larger groups but I never felt very comfortable around them; I felt like a bit of a spare part, an accessory. It was seemingly less complicated and dramatic to carry on as I was than to try and connect with the girls, who appeared somewhat attention seeking and just plain mean sometimes.
It is only recently that I have begun to form what Taylor Swift coined a girl gang. At the start of my final year at University, I moved into a house with five other girls. To say I was nervous would be a huge understatement. To me, that amount of girls in one space can only mean one thing; drama. And don’t get me wrong, there have been a few tense moments so far – but it wouldn’t be a student house if you didn’t bicker about the washing up at least once a week.
I could never have imagined the amount of love and support that I have felt from these girls in the last seven weeks. I have never experienced a true friendship group like this and I’m quite sad that we only get one year in our Disney castle.
Basically what I am trying to say is, it doesn’t matter how big or small your ‘girl gang’ is; what is important is that you have other powerful, kind, loving women on your side. Find your tribe. Find your cheerleaders, your support team and your voice of reason. Because when things are a bit rough, you know that someone will send you strength, wine and amusing pictures of cats in precarious places, or pointless Buzzfeed quizzes.
The Spice Girls weren’t joking when they said that girl power was a bloody powerful thing.