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 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 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.
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.
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.
What fears have you overcome?
What you accomplished despite your fears?