Manhood is often assumed in our culture. Rites of passage once held sacred, have been replaced by the wrong things. It’s time that we reset our cleats on the track of manhood, and start the race right. This month, we’re examining what it means to be a man, and to run the race of manhood.
When you are running long distance, it’s so easy to start sprinting, when you should be pacing yourself. Yes, you have a finish line ahead. Yes, you have a race to run. Yes, the guy ahead of you may be kicking up dust in your face. But ultimately, this race to being a better man is your race to run, and that destination is definitely a long way ahead.
So don’t blow out all of your energy on trying to beat the guy next to you. This is not a competitive race. It’s a race against yourself. All of the other runners are racing against themselves.
What drives you forward is the desire to be a better man.
If you can’t find the right pace, you’ll burn out completely, and find yourself on the side of the road panting for breath, or worse – turning back and running the wrong way.
Putting the metaphor aside, you need to take care of yourself. You need to get rest. You need to build a little time in that recharges you, and refreshes you. If you don’t – you cannot maintain the pace of your life.
Identify your “happy place” – those activities that make you feel alive – and head there as often as you can, without neglecting your responsibilities.
You matter. The race you are running matters. Don’t burn out all your energy in a mad dash. Just run consistently, and refresh yourself often.