Being a man often boils down to doing what you don’t feel like doing.
It’s staying calm when you want to rage.
Being modest when you want to brag.
It’s fighting when you want to flee, struggling when you want rest.
Being a man is working hard when you feel lazy, working out when you’re tired and shite.
It’s doing good for others when you want to be selfish, and drinking one beer when you’d rather have 15.
It’s working late when you’d rather sleep, pulling yourself up when you’d rather quit.
It’s being appreciative when you’d rather complain and being happy when you’d rather brood.
Being a man is being stoic when you’d rather be emotional.
It’s choosing to react as a man rather than giving your feelings power over your actions.
It’s giving when you’d rather take, serving when you’d rather receive, guiding when it would be easier to follow.
Men take on more, when it would be easier to shed responsibility, and they do it without complaint.
“Woe is me” isn’t in their vocabulary, but if it’s in yours a man will help.
Manhood is a duty, a vigorous one, a never-ending quest of improvement and caretaking, of providing and protecting and becoming better at providing and more adept at protecting.
Being a man is not easy, thus if the easy life is your only aim, manhood is not something you will ever claim.
Being a man is an ideal, something we earn over time, through effort and struggle, trial and error, failure, success, and living with honor. It isn’t an age you turn, it’s a calling.