Let's face it....
The primal, nomadic hunter-gatherer role was masculine as ever. After all, it doesn’t get much more masculine than physically going out and obtaining food for one’s family. However, with the rise of modern conveniences, this primal act is disappearing.
That's not necessarily a bad thing: modern society is great. It's impossible to argue that the advancements in science, technology, and medicine have made our society incredibly better off.
But with so many modern luxuries, it’s easy to forget about man’s true, primal nature - our roots.
There are a few ways to get in touch with your primitive, masculine side. If you're feeling like you've lost that primal essence, give these activities a shot:
Even though there may be a perfectly suitable grocery store just down the street from your house, don’t let it deter you from hunting.
Sure, it’s much more convenient to buy the majority of your meat at the local store, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little hunting yourself. You’ll get in touch with your primal side, you’ll feel ridiculously independent, and—in many cases—you’ll even save a few bucks.
Enroll in martial arts.
Initiate that fight-or-flight response by enrolling in a martial arts class. This will not only get your blood pumping; it will also give you instant confidence, because you’ll know that you will always be capable of protecting yourself and your loved ones.
It will also help your brain get more accustomed to stressful situations, and you’ll become more familiar with—and in control of—the feeling of stress.
Or, if martial arts isn’t your thing, why not start a good old-fashioned fight club?
Set awesome goals for yourself.
OK, so even if you’re not as nomadic as your ancestors, you can still create awesome goals for yourself. And the act of creating goals is important.
Not only will these goals keep you interested and focused, but the feeling of accomplishment we experience after completing a goal is priceless.
Whether your goal is to create new workout milestones, to partake in an expedition, or to hike a mountain—make sure you record and pursue them on a regular basis. It will strengthen you mentally, and you’ll feel well-rounded.
Stick by your values.
The manliest of men know who they are. And not just on a superficial level. They know who they really are—to the core.
Think about what is important to you, and pay attention to what you find positive or negative in others. Create a code of ethics for yourself and—here’s the important part—stick with it.
Be conscious of the opinions you hold and the decisions you make, and follow them through. As cliché as this may sound: don’t just talk the talk; walk the walk. Make these important qualities a part of who you are all the time—not just when you’re feeling your best.
Don’t stray from these values you have created, and trust me: you’ll feel much more grounded in your manliness.
Be nice, but have a backbone.
You don’t have to be a big, intimidating, testosterone-driven man to be manly.
In fact, some of the most masculine men are not afraid to show their sensitive side to those they care for most.
While being sweet is wonderful, masculine men are never OK with being taken advantage of.
Having a backbone is vital. A manly man is nice, caring, brave—but doesn’t tolerate being pushed around.
If you aren’t being treated with respect, it’s time to surround yourself with other people more deserving of you.