Hello SOTGC community,
I remember hearing about a song titled, “These Boots Are Made for Walking” in my early twenties. Which was about twenty years after the number one hit was recorded by Nancy Sinatra. The title was very provocative, especially for that time. Many people had their own interpretation concerning what the song represented. Some thought it represented women breaking free from the standard stereotypes attached to women in the 60’s. Others felt as though it was too racy and controversial seeing a woman in a sexy short outfit wearing high boots. While on the other hand, some embraced the strength and freedom that they associated with the song.
Whatever the interpretation … the title was, and still is, powerful in and of itself! So, how many of us ask the question … how am I walking? Are you walking with pride and determination? Does your walk match your talk? Or are they not even connected to one another?
This has become significant for me as my walk in life is being watched more closely than I could have ever imagined. Earlier this month, I was approached by one of my students. She indicated that she needed to talk to me about an event. This was nothing unusual, as I’ve had many students run their ideas by me for a plethora of reasons. Well, I soon learned there was nothing ordinary about this programming meeting. During the conversation, the female student asked me if I would speak at their awards banquet. Okay, nothing too shocking about her request. However, what she shared next almost broke me down to my knees. She indicated that the ALL female student organization would give awards to other female students on campus. In addition, they wanted to name their annual award after me. Imagine that! Nothing could have prepared me for that overwhelming feeling of known responsibility. Then, to add more pressure, they wanted me to select the recipient.
The shock and the enormity of the honor was intoxicating yet sobering all at the same time. How could I go about selecting someone who represented my walk in the eyes of these brave, brilliant, and beautiful college women? Dare I ask how they see me and my walk to aid me in the task? So, I asked the question and what I received was phenomenal and humbling. The list read the following: Driven, Approachable, Well-Spoken, Humble, Kind, Caring, and Empowering to name a few.
This showed and taught me one of the most important lessons this year. It highlighted that we never know whose watching our walk in life. So, as you continue to grow, connect, and develop in whatever area of professionalism, be aware that there is someone watching your walk. It’s a fulfilling thought to know that I am walking a life worth mentioning and, most importantly, I am depositing into the lives of young educated women.
Think about your walk in life and those you have impacted in a positive way. Share how it made you feel via Twitter and tag @empowermee and @SOTGC in your post. As we would love to share your “walk” with our community!