Call it what you want, Hunter Gather vs. Grocery Getter, but as the world changes there is always a desire to rekindle the manliness within. As a #threedaughterdad, my world is often filled with all things girls. I love it and wouldnt trade it for anything in the world, but sometimes you just want to sleep in a tent and wake up in the woods, or go fishing, hunting, Kayaking etc. Not saying that these are strictly “manly” activities, but it is something for me that is relaxing. Recently I have been listening to some of the podcast from @artofmanliness and @orderofman and have found that there is an inate desire within men to step beyond being a male and really feel like a man. So what does that mean:
-Do we have to have a beard and hunt? (I do both), but this is not the criteria. Its more about finding things that make you use the instinct you have within you to help you build the confidence, and develop an attitude to live a life that feel fulfilled.
Ive recently read a series of books by Gary Paulsen about the “adventure” taken by one kid/man and it really makes me yearn to spend time outdoors. In the woods, on the water…. but outdoors. So as I start to blog about this idea of Manhood, I must say that I am not the prefect man. But I do try to be a good Christian, husband father, provider, friend, Church memnber and hunter-gatherer.
As we explore this idea of Hunther-gatherer, I think it is important to look at the definition of Hunter-Gatherer.
A hunter-gatherer or forager society is one in which most or all food is obtained from wild plants and animals.
So as our society becomes more technologially based, we seem to be so far from Hunter-Gatherer societies. But, in our own way we do still hunt and gather. If you are like me and have a desire to fulfill the manly heritage of those before you, a good place to start:
The Art of Manliness. Available on Amazon
Also, check out the Art of Manliness Blog