One Thing You Never Should Do to Your Kids
A little rant on lifting weights, staying in shape and knowing how to throw a punch.
If you’re a man, then you should lift weights and at least know how to throw a punch. Period.
I don’t care what your reasons are for not doing it.
You may think you should get away with lifting because your back hurts, you feel joint pain or you cannot afford to go to the gym.
It’s all a bunch of excuses.
Oh, and just to make it clear to you why you should lift weights before you ask that question; It’s to strenghten your skeleton, your joints and ligaments.
If you’re 85 years old and you’ve been working out consistently your whole life and you fall, you might be able to avoid that hip or thigh fracture. I promise you there are a lot of old folks who wish they’d taken better care of their bodies while they could.
As an added bonus, you’ll lose fat and look ripped.
I think I’m the only one with this kind of reasoning behind working out.
Your take may be different. But you definitely should work out.
And let's segue a litte into knowing how to throw a punch as well. There will be times during your life where you, one way or the other may have to use force to deal with adversity. A lot of times this can be avoided by simply de-escalating a situation and turn around and walk away.
But sometimes you may need to step up and show the world that your integrity cannot be compromised. That your safety boundaries are not to be messed with.
Yet, so many 'men' these days have all kinds of excuses for neither working out, nor attending a fighting class.
In fact, let me quote a line from Seinfeld about this;
‘You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister.’
I might have gotten that line wrong. At the very least I’m paraphrasing it. Originally it was Susan that told George to go stuff his sorries in a sack. For those of you who have watched Seinfeld, you know exactly what I mean. George was the typical schmuck, loser and do-nothing-about it kind of guy. He rather offered excuses than results.
Of course that was funny and entertaining.
Some of my genuinely best moments as far as humor is concerned come from Seinfeld.
Amusing as the show was, when I take a look at how most people in the world live their lives today, I want to cry rather than laugh.
Men don't even care to lift.
Not at all.
Most of them are fat, overweight and out of shape.
I wouldn’t trust them at all beside me during a conflict or an escalated situation.
Not only that, but I’d genuinely fear for my own safety in such situations.
Here’s what I mean.
Picture yourself and someone you know are out with your kids at the playground.
Some teenagers show up, looking to cause mischief.
They’ve picked out your kids as targets.
They want to physically harm them. Scare them. Mock them. Because the teenagers are losers themselves.
I guarantee you that most ‘men’ these days would have taken a soft approach with a forgiving tone and almost begged the potential assailants to leave his kid.
Or even taken the kid and ran away.
What kind of signal do you think that sends to the kid? That all you should to is to run away like a scared chicken when faced with adversity?
What kind of person do you think that kid will grow up to become? How do you think he’s going to handle stressful situations on his own?
If you care about your kids and you want them to learn something, you show up for them.
If a group of 10 teenagers sought to physically harm my child I’d beat them senseless right there and then. On the spot.
Nobody inflicts harm on my child and gets away with it.
Of course that doesn’t mean I’m looking for trouble. In fact, I stay away from it. If I can take another route, then that’s the best thing.
But when there’s no escape, aggressive and brutal force is the answer. Deal with the trouble right there and then.
This is why you need a trusted partner during times of adversity. It always pays off to have someone watch your back. You still need to take care of yourself if you get separated from each other.
Whatever your goals for life is, you should always stay in shape, have at least one trusted ally and be ready to fight.
It takes lot of work, courage and grit to find people like that.
But it's all worth it.
Because the most successful and talented people in their respective fields haven't achieved success by themselves.
They always had someone to support them.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Aasmund Ryningen