Figuring out what it means to be a man can be tough. And it’s arguably tougher for men today, who are often more socially isolated, don’t have as many friends, and don’t have strong relationships with their fathers and other male relatives. It’s therefore more important than ever for every man to seek out mentors to help him navigate the complicated waters of manliness and life.I’m not sure what the Art of Manliness thinks it “means to be a man” - but, for me, it means being happy, healthy, and comfortable being who I am; an individual who is accepted and valued by society for being himself. Or hizself. Or zerself. Or.or.or.
In a nutshell, the steps of today’s task are to:
- Pick an area in your where you think a mentor can help you and draw up a list of three potential mentors.
- Describe why you think they’d be good.
- By the end of the 24 hours, contact this mentor.
I also chose Aaron and Jude for being super brave authentic transgender individuals.
I chose well.
Step three? Contact them and ask, “Wanna be my be my better man mentor?”.
p.s. Earlier this week I took a practice GRE (placement test for graduate school). The unanticipated-but-should-have-anticipated lesson I learned? BRING EARPLUGS. I could not, for the life of me, focus on anything but the sound of one individual who either had a keyboard soaked in sticky soda pop or hits the keys with as much force as he can muster. The sheer irritating horror of it threw me into a fantasy roid rage where it took everything I could to abstain from slamming my fist on my keyboard and yelling, “IS THIS DISTRACTING? IS THIS DISTRACTING?”. So yes… ear plugs.