"Although my dad and I have a good relationship now (he is 85 and I am 51), I didn't have much of a role model growing up due to his alcoholism. I knew very little about being a responsible adult, much less about being a "man."
"First it was a "Man Up" argument that I was having with my wife. It was after her birthday and we spent a night in the family cabin when we decided to leave early. The next day it all came to fruition when she was upset about my lack of…"
"I truly hope there is no end to my manhood. I will die and I will no longer leave foot prints for anyone to follow in. But I hope I leave something within someone that will allow them to leave foot prints for someone else to follow in. Even though I…"
"For me it came in stages. The first big leap was at about age 12 when I shot my first deer and learned respect for life and my place and the role I play on this planet. The second was at age 21 when I put one a badge and gun and joined the local…"
"The more thinking, reading, researching I've been doing about this topic, the more I'm coming to believe that 'being a man', has more to do with responsibility, true self respect/self worth, and an absolute knowledge and…"
"For some people manning up happens in a single moment. For me it was a period of months, when I began accepting leadership positions, taking responsibility for the course of my life, rather than letting it happen to me."
"The theme that played itself out repeatedly in my becoming a man was undeniably death. I almost killed myself when I was 13, one year later I was in a minor car wreck where I was not wearing a seatbelt, two years years later when I was 16 I was in a…"
"Like others have stated, I started to understand the responsibilities of being a man when my father died. For me this happened at 13. Other benchmarks for me were- My first job and the feeling of earning an honest dollar for honest work, my decision…"
"lol. "Michael Denny", big guy.
Excellent question. Let me ask you to clarify a bit,, SELF BELIEF (as in confidence?) or SELF AWARENESS ?? I think both are pretty profoundly important. And are mutually exclusive. If you are not aware of…"
"I have to say my fiancee helped me become the man I am today. I've made some mistakes in my life, especially with her, but have came out on top. We we high school sweethearts, then went to college and grew apart, then became close again and…"
"For me I'd have to say 24 yrs old, that's the year my Father passed away and left a void that seemed as vast as the Grand Canyon. I had already been on my own for about five years and was just coming back from living in South Korea for the…"
"I manned up when my father died. I was only 17, but my mom and my younger sisters leaned on me to be the man of the house. I knew I couldn't fill my dad's shoes, but I also knew that I wanted to at least try to be a manly presence for…"
"Right on, Cowboy. Thats kinda my point. The kids in the mall? no. My Boss? My girl? My associates? To some extent, yes. Keyword in the sentence.. "..sometimes .."
Be your own man, but meter it with the fact that most of us can't go…"
Jonathan, I noticed in your profile that among many other things, you're into photography. There is an AoM Photography Group, and its' membership is growing all the time. Join today. The only requirement is that you love photography. If interested, here's the link: AoM PhotoGroup
Short list: I am interested in animation, directing, film making, short stories, writing, painting, drawing, photography, personal development, personal finance, investing, manliness, becoming a better man, fashion, religion, and my faith.
Stranger in a Strange Land, Hold on to your N.U.T.'s, Personal Development for Smart People, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Watchmen, Sword of Truth series, Song of Ice and Fire series, The Lord of the Rings, anything by Robert Heinlein, Atlas Shrugged, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Most things animated, The Incredibles, The Shawshank Redemption, Waking Life, Mirrormask
Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Brahms, Dr. Horrible, Broadway (Jekyll & Hyde, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera), Toad the Wet Sprocket,
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
"It's a joke. We do this to mess with each other. We also brag about kicking Chuck Norris's ass for the same reason.
It is a longstanding male tradition to mess with each other. It's OK. Really.
You do have…"
"Bob, Lucius does this to a lot of newcomers. The only way to win is not to play. (I don't think that block list from chat will help you in the forums, though. If I'm wrong, tell me how to do it. I can think of…"
"Having spent most of my childhood and teen years on a farm, I concur. I miss the countryside. But it sure wasn't where I learned about life. Seeing a pig give birth, selling tomatoes at the market, and castrating sheep may…"
The small sanctuaries atop our dressers and tables that hold our manly trinkets acquired through our lives, some of which have been inherited from our fathers before us and will be passed on to our sons after us.See More