It’s the start of the weekend and I’m off to my local hardware store to buy items for my outdoor projects.
I grab what I need then walk slower than a wet week through the aisles looking for other bits and bobs (happens every weekend – the ‘manly’ smell of the hardware store and the feel of power tools in my hands gets my pulse racing and blood pumping) when I have a light bulb moment: why not write a blog post about 5 manly things to do this weekend.
As I gave the idea more thought I had another light bulb moment (I agree that’s epic, especially for me on the weekend): why not make it a link post and share the awesome work of some of the many awesome ‘manly’ blogs and websites out there.
So that’s what I’ve done.
1.Visit A Hardware Store
Like pretty much everywhere else the local hardware store our fathers or grandfathers frequented here no longer exist. The ‘Big Box’ stores ( in Australia it’s Bunnings, Mitre 10, and Home Hardware) have replaced them. Nevertheless, visiting the ‘modern’ hardware stores is still one of the most manly things a man can do. On top of that it is sure-fire way to increase your testosterone and get inspiration for a new project…and if you’re like me, completely blow your budget.
Resource: Skilled Gentlemen’s Tips On Remodeling Your House On A Budget
2. Build A Fire Pit
Speaking of sure-fire, I implore you to build a fire -pit this weekend. Sure, you can buy one at the hardware store, but nothing says manliness than building your own.
Why build a fire-pit? Because I said so, that’s why! Seriously though, apart from adding value to your home, building a fire pit brings out many manly skills: planning, drafting, designing, engineering to name but a few. And at the end of it all a sense of a job well done.
3. Start A Fire
Now that you’ve built your own fire pit it’s time to light it up. But here’s a challenge for you (remember: masculinity grows through challenge – David Deida): source your own firewood/kindling rather than buying it, and try to start the fire without using matches or artificial apparatus.
It’s not easy, but it’s definitely do-able.
Resource: The Bug Out Bag Guide – 6 Ways To Make Fire Without Matches
4. Chop Wood
Every time I chop wood I feel like I’m turning into a wrecking machine! I want to pick up heavy objects and smash them, and then fuck her brains out. Studies show that this is because chopping wood is one of the best ways to naturally send your testosterone levels through the roof.
Start chopping that wood, boy.. haste post haste!!
Resource: Anabolic Men – 5 Masculine Hobbies That Boost Testosterone
4. Go Camping…Solo
In his best selling book, No More Mr. Nice Guy!, Dr. Robert Glover encourages all men (not just recovering nice guys) to spend time or more time alone. Glover argues that this strengthens character and resolve and reinforces the fact that we are capable of thriving on our own. In short, we get the message not to settle in life, love, and career.
Camping with friends and family is a great past-time, but it’s only mildly manly. Camping solo on the other hand is fucking hard core manly. I could go on and on about how awesome it is but I won’t because this post will turn into a thesis. So I’m going to let the guys over at How Stuff Works give you a run down on how solo camping “moves your spirit” and how to make sure it’s a fruitful experience and not a disaster.
Resource: How Stuff Works – 5 Tips For Preparing A Solo Camping Trip
5. Hunt For Your Dinner
It sounds cave man like, and it is. And in my opinion, it’s something we men living in the city or suburbs should be doing more of to improve our survival skills, connect with the land, and embrace our masculinity.
But before you break out in a cold sweat, I’m not saying you should go roaming the depths of the Amazon hunting for pythons or drinking your own piss ala Bear Grylls. I’m talking something simple as casting a line and catching a fish for dinner, or gaining knowledge on bush tucker, and making a meal or at the very least, a snack out of that.
Resource: Art Of Manliness –19 Common Edible Plants You Can Eat To Survive
Some Other Ideas:
- Indulge in Action Movies – I recommend anything with Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, or Sean Connery.
- Visit A Cigar Bar
- Get A Wet Shave From An Old School Barber
- Make A Man Cave or Den
- Shoot A Gun At A Shooting Range
- Fire A Bow And Arrow
- Learn Kata
- Take A Free Lesson In Krav Maga
Cari saluti da Melbourne! And as always, thanks for reading.