Empower: To give power to someone

Most of my blogger friends are women. I firmly believe that it is better to build someone up than to tear them down. Women can be catty, snarky, body shaming; the list goes on and on.

Yet women can also lift other women up by sharing their knowledge and helping to empower one another, today’s ย Wednesday Word.

Recently I was talking with some friends — one online, one in real life — about running. One is definitely a runner, but she was struggling. The other runs occasinally, but wishes she were running more consistently.

Both of my friends were struggling with their running. It felt too ย hard and tired them out too much.

I made the same suggestion to both women: try run/walk intervals.

I know one tried it and found it helpful. The other I just talked to and I don’t know if she tried it..

Knowledge is power.
–Francis Bacon

I firmly believe that knowledge, is, indeed, power. I enjoy learning new things — although I don’t think I’d enjoy going back to school at this point — which my mother did, by the way; she graduated from college when I graduated from high school. She hadn’t had the opportunity to go to college as a young woman (another freedom we just assume we have these days — just think how much has changed in a very short time).

We empower other people by sharing our knowledge.

The higher the better. It’s more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.
–Christian Louboutin

Ok Christian, I do think your shoes are beautiful, but oddly enough, the more serious I became about running, the less I wear high heels. Yes, they are sexy, and in a way they’re a bit empowering for this petite girl.

High heels are not empowering for runners, though. They leave us open to more injuries and put a lot of tension on the ball of our feet, a place that already gets a lot of pounding through running.

I’m not giving up my high heels totally, but I do find that I wear them less and less.

Finally, of course, learning to run is empowering. It definitely doesn’t feel that way at first. That feeling of freedom on a run, a new PR, tackling a new distance, getting back at it after an injury: every single phase of running ultimately helps us to realize our own strength and abilities; i.e., empowers us.

It’s extremely difficult to convince someone that has never run, or is a new runner, that running will empower you. You’ll just have to trust me on that.

Deb Runs

What fears have you overcome?

What you accomplished despite your fears?

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23 thoughts on “Empower: To give power to someone

  1. I totally agree about running being empowering, even if it’s ‘just’ being able to do something that you never thought possible. I remember the pride and amazement the first time I ran 5k I love learning too. Apparently it keeps you young so fingers crossed for the next few decades!

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  2. Running is definitely empowering and the self confidence you can get from the sport is huge. I laughed about the high heels comment….I am also height challenged, and heels are pretty much a no go for me. Honestly, that is one of the good things about being older, you don’t really care about stuff like that as much!

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  3. I love looking at running as a series of opportunities for new empowerment — particularly because it’s empowerment we can give ourselves (unlike high heels)!

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  4. What a fabulous description of empower, in all forms! Love the quote by Louboutin, too funny, but I think if he had to wear the shoes he designs for any length of time, he’d be crying in a corner after an hour, lol.

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  5. LOVE the Louboutin quote!!! I love me some high heels! My knee not so much but I will rock them when I can. My highest are about 5 inches and I feel so EMPOWERED when I wear them ;).

    I have overcome my fear of being an adult learner to swimming.

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  6. Love the Louboutin quote ! I like to think I empower my teenager girls and many of the women I work with. Building each other up is so important.

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  7. Well, I don’t wear high heels any more. I guess I never really did. Taking care of these feet are top priority now. I agree with Coco. Running is humbling AND then empowering. And yes, sometimes back to humbling again… I think this virtual community of strong running women are very empowering. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I think it’s easier to hate heels when you’re taller, and almost everyone is taller than me!

      But yes, I’m much more likely to be in more comfortable shoes. Although I do strive for cute AND comfy.

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  8. So many people just don’t get why we run, and wouldn’t understand that running empowers us.

    I love the Louboutin quote! I rarely wear high heels anymore, but love the way they look (not feel) when I do!

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. I do still love my heels, but in small doses. Kind of like fattening food, I guess!

      I certainly didn’t get why anyone would run for fun — or race! — before I started to run. Neither did Darlene, and look what happened to her, LOL!

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