Why I’m Not a “Real” Man

Many moons ago in a place called Virginia, I was a public school kid, son of a Marine. I used to be a “real” man, but no longer. Here’s why:

1)   Real men eat meat. I’m not 100% vegan, but I’m close. Like the Dalai Lama, if I’m a guest where meat is being served, the dude abides, but otherwise the environmental impact and inhumane treatment of animals is real. Not to mention, a plant-based diet makes me feel better. Watch Cowspiracy or listen to Rich Roll.

2)   Real men watch football. I still occasionally pay homage to the Green Bay Packers as a nod to a lifelong friend and his devotion, but the concussions lost me. I watched former CAL running back Jahvid Best go from the NFL to brain injured, while the league did little.

3)   Real men drink beer. I’ve been a nondrinker for a few years now. I don’t miss the congestion, the calories; the time wasted having bogus conversations where people are lubricated and inauthentic.

4)   Real men don’t meditate. I’ve been a consistent meditator for almost 6 years now. It makes me less reactive, creates focus without needing to be hiking in nature, and allows me to really see and hear people (depending on the day:). Don’t believe me? Read 10% Happier by Dan Harris.

5)   Real men don’t have close homosexual friends. I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. I have gay friends and have had friends who are HIV positive too.

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