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Friendship IRL

Alex Alexander



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The One for "Little Alex"

• 37 min

Episode Description I can't believe I recorded this episode.  I hope this work – bringing more community + friendship-focused conversations to the world – causes a ripple of change. In my wildest dreams, we all see a societal shift in how we think, speak, and act regarding community + friendship in our lifetime. But I'd be lying if I told you this work is all 100% selfless.  At the core of this work is a selfish desire:  I want my support system to be seen as valid.  Presently, that isn't the reality.  I am almost always met with resistance when telling people about the alternative support system I've built. "But those people aren't really your family." "Your nieces and nephews… aren't those your friends' kids? You aren't their real aunt.""You aren't spending the holidays with your family...?"  "Family is everything" being accepted blindly as an absolute truth in society harms some people – myself included.  Please listen to today's episode with an open mind. I am sharing a deeply personal perspective that isn't often discussed.  I hope this episode challenges societal narratives and leaves everyone with a new perspective that causes us to approach each person's support system with compassion rather than judgment. It wasn't easy to record, but I'm proud that I did. So here goes. My story. This one is for Little Alex. Resources & Links Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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