When it comes to adult friendships, we’re woefully inept – we barely manage to show up for our own commitments, let alone maintain our relationships. We’re experiencing a loneliness epidemic: it’s an uncharted social landscape where actual phone calls are reserved for your mum (if anyone), ‘dropping in’ is unheard of and ‘flaking out’ is routine.
The Art of Showing Up offers a roadmap through this morass, to true connection with your friends, family and yourself. Rachel Wilkerson Miller teaches that ‘showing up’ means connecting with others in a way that make them feel seen and supported. And that begins with showing up for yourself: recognising your needs, understanding your physical and mental health, and practising self-compassion. Only then can you better support other people; witness their joy, pain and true selves; validate their experiences; and help ease their burdens.