Do I have the skills, authority, capability, autonomy, motivation to take charge of my life?
This is one of my questions to self, as I grow older. I am accountable to the ‘me’ I want to be, and have been throughout my life.
If I want to feel empowered to succeed, follow my dreams and gain respect for accomplishments, walking the ‘thought’ matters. I have to ‘think it’ first to action it with confidence!
During a discussion with my daughter she defiantly declared everything she felt entitled to as a young adult ( twenty years). As she spoke my thoughts went to ’empowerment’ , and if she had ever heard of the word and its meaning.
Being empowered to make decisions and operate with authority and autonomy has certainly been a topic of discussion for women for many years. Its time to close the gap of awareness and start as early as possible. Empowering our girls from an early age requires giving them the tools to move forward, and ensuring they have guidance and support systems to help them along the way.
As I think about my daughter and the corporate and social world she has entered, I am reminded of my own ‘rite of passage’, and the difficulty of being judged based on my gender, with limits placed on my capabilities. With determination, drive and boldfaced fearlessness I had to prove my capabilities almost thirty years ago. Boldly I started my career in a society trapped in biases and inequality. My gender was an obstacle I embraced willingly, it is who I am. When I look at the world today, many of my challenges have been replaced with new ones.
Many stereotypes on what a woman can and cannot do have been ‘blown to smithereens’. Proving our worth is ongoing, even with women smashing through the proverbial glass ceiling. As I ponder recent world events and the inequality of the battles women still face, I am heartened by the strength of our unity as a women. I am encouraged by the support of different disenfranchised groups, and communities seeking an equilibrium of balance in this world. As we grow older, watch us walk. Watch us march for what is right. Watch us walk for justice, freedom, and a world without misogynistic leadership, hatred, and tyranny. Watch our empowered life!
Watch me as I walk
My hips may shake a bit
These legs they still look strong
No heels on to give them a lift
My shoulders don’t slouch
And my waist is a wee bit round
But I’m sure you will not notice
As I strut and sing my song.
I’ve got the silver streaks
My hair has lived through many trips
A real natural beauty
With some personality
From my hips
Watch me as I walk
Confident glow of womanhood at its peak
A lifetime journey, and stories of which I speak
My aging has never been in vain
I’ve got the music in my brain
Can dance, sing, and you will gaze
I can still hold my own, you will be amazed.
Watch me as I walk
See the mystery
I’ve been living my life more than breathing
Making hope my mantra of will
I know all the pebbles on the street
They look back at me in awe.
You can call me grandmother, wife, sister, daughter or friend
I’ve made my life
A story I will defend.
Just watch me as I walk
God’s miracle worker
Life holder, heaven sent.
This is a global subject and affects women worldwide. In admiration and respect for all women in all corners of the world who support and promote our young girls and women’s rights — this is for you! This is for the men who support and work with us. In solidarity. Thank You!
I appreciate your time reading these words. If this resonates with you, please ‘click’ my heart and lets magnify our message strength and commitment to each other! Millions of thanks…
A short brief about me: I’m a corporate business veteran, with practical experience in a diverse range of industries — Safety/ HVAC / FMCG /Industrial Equipment /and much more . Sales ,Marketing, Business Development & Coaching are combined to deliver over 30 years experience. As an entrepreneur and blogger (Dwordslayer) I’m right now living an adventure, and looking forward to the next opportunity to challenge mediocrity.
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Originally published at donnaluisawordslayer.wordpress.com on February 2, 2017.
Originally published at medium.com