Angry young men might have a valid argument for having anger issues.
Our golden retriever wasn’t very happy that my wife and I only took her on the short route for her evening walk. It was a chilly December day so it got dark early. Returning home from the walk we turn left out of the elevator and our noses catch the smell of warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies that fragrants the hallway air.
Once in our kitchen I gulp down two still- soft cookie creations. A Gooey, messy, tasty sugar rush.
My daughter is now watching a movie, having made the cookies and feeling fulfilled at accomplishing the task she set out to bake. In relation to the same event I am in the kitchen breathing the deep breaths of satisfaction, having been cookied.
Meanwhile my wife is savouring a sense of various fulfillments. She was connecting with her husband on the evening walk thus responding to the urge of her romantic(and now married) life. Arriving home to a proactive daughter she fills with pride that cannot be measured but that is vital to her sense motherhood.
All of this after a day of the demands and successes of a full day of work.
We are all responsible for seeking satisfaction and fulfillment in our lives. As children we receive the guidance of parents and teachers.
The gradual acceptance of responsibility for our words and actions is part of engaging adulthood.
If we can engage this next step in life with confidence, curiosity and healthy coping mechanisms then we will find satisfaction with a positive outlook.
If we aren’t ready to manoeuvre in the adult realms then we can feel overwhelmed and look to relieve ourselves of the weight of responsibility. An effective technique for getting that relief is blame. Blaming others. Reacting unconsciously because we haven’t decided to grow into our Best Ego. So we make someone else the creator of our reality. We convince ourselves there is almost no possibility we could have had control of the circumstances that brought us here.
Young men need to be able to watch adults manage life with agility. Meaning a challenge is what happens when you grow. The challenge is not the one we encounter on the road of growth – outside of ourselves. The actual challenge is how we react and deal with the situation.
Do we frame it as a nuisance to pushed to the side ? And as a result do the minimum? Or do we apply belief in our abilities thus converting the same challenge into a springboard for growth?
Seeing the challenge as an external hassle means we are giving the pen that writes our life story to someone else.
However the challenge is actually a light that we can shine on our own qualities. To ensure we are grasping that same pen to decide the lines of our own life story.
Grab the pen.
Believe: in yourself, in your style of man, your kind of confidence, your version of strong, your adaptation of resourceful, your insight about elevating the expression of man.
Speak up about what you want. Speak out about what you feel.
Seek your satisfaction as a young man. Offer to others a young man who knows what it takes to uphold a positive outlook even if the situation isn’t fair.