What does it mean to be a man? It's a question that's been gnawing at my mind lately.
Funny how we shy away from talking about gender these days, isn't it? It's become such a charged topic. But let's face it, I'm not here to box men into a particular archetype, nor do I believe there's one way to be a man.
Yet, if we're looking at traditional definitions, like those found in the Bible, it's clear that stepping into manhood requires serious reflection. I've spent considerable time pondering this, learning from those I admire and timeless wisdom.
To me, being a man means fulfilling one's purpose, acting in the image of a higher power like God. If I choose to enter a romantic relationship, perhaps even marriage, I believe it's my duty to lead. This isn't just about taking charge; it's about providing direction, vision, structure, and order.
This learning curve isn't easy. A man must be his own rock, unshakable and disciplined, creating order in his own life before he can lead others. One barrier I've identified is the dependency some men have on their parents. It's essential to parent oneself, set life's agenda, and take control of one's destiny.
Recently, I stood up for myself to my parents. I asserted that my future, health, and life decisions were mine alone. That moment felt empowering, like a chapter opening where I'm finally manning up.
In 2023, manning up takes time. With the abundance of information and distractions, discovering one's truth is a journey. It requires parsing through belief systems, half-truths, and lies to develop a worldview that is authentic.
In my belief system, true manhood is about looking up to a higher power like God and surrendering to a greater purpose. It enables me to create, handle chaos, and provide shelter for a family.
As I look ahead, I feel more prepared to take responsibility, joyfully embrace challenges, and become the leader that others see in me. I'm excited to bring order, care, and direction to others' lives, ready to be that provider and guide.
This journey is all about manning up, taking joy in responsibility, and embracing life's hard, yet necessary tasks.
I'm thrilled to be stepping into this place in my life, ready to be the person I was created to be.