I hit a rough patch a few years ago. Relationships disappeared and teetered. Temptations hit. Pitfalls ensued. I didn’t have many go-to friends, and I spent mindless hours mired in online promiscuity.
And then I came across a video. Or perhaps the video came across me?
It’s called “Who You Are: A Message to All Men.” I’m pretty sure I cried in the coffee shop where I first watched it; it hit me pretty deeply.
I had no idea how desperately I’d needed some guy — even some unknowable guy on the Internet — to tell me that I’m awesome.
I’ve watched and rewatched this video a dozen or two times since that night in the coffee shop, often in similar times of longing and desperation. Those times when I need to be reminded who I am — regardless of who I may think I am.
I am a writer.
I am capable.
I am a son.
I am bought and made new.
I am here to change the world.
I am a brother.
I am a man. And I am awesome.
As are all of you reading this, being here, adding to this brotherhood. This is who you are:
Do you struggle with your manhood? Do you ever describe yourself as “awesome” in a completely legitimate, non-ironic way?
* Photo courtesy Send me adrift, Creative Commons.