Our Masculine Soul: Wild At Heart

“Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man.” -John Eldridge

 

How comfortable have you become? At times I become as Pink Floyd says it Comfortably Numb

Nothing horrible has happened, I get my sleep, eat a balanced diet, go to work, pay bills, and do everything “right”. Routine in, Routine out, I am very fortunate, very blessed to have a car, to have a house, to have drinkable water, to have a job, to have family and friends who I love. Many people don’t have this in our world.

I am comfortable.

Yet I am restless.

Something in me says “more!”

My legs wish to move, my heart wishes to beat faster, beat harder from the physical exertion of the climb up a mountain; from the rush of emotion of ceaseless passion and awe at the beautiful places in the world! A rush of colors, exertion, fresh air, new experience, new sights, the accomplishment of a feat I wasn’t even sure I COULD accomplish. … The Colors fade..

…My vision goes back to the black cold screen of my smartphone. I feel the lukewarm air-conditioning. In my peripherals I see the off-white walls lit by the energy-saving fluorescent lights, and my focus is on the scrolling feed on my Instagram as I look at a man and his dog in the mountains of Colorado, an attractive couple sharing their adventures (this time sailing a catamaran in the Caribbean), and a musician in his 20s touring the world with a band…

Discontent. My life is boring compared to this (sure I went on that ski trip a few months back, sure Ive done my share of travel, but I forget this beneath my own insecure longing for what others show)

Disconnect. I am alone in my office. Not out on the town like the people I see on their Snapchat stories or Facebook updates. 

Longing. Look at the nice car this guy is driving. The beautiful woman this guy is at a bar with. The seemingly perfect relationship my college buddy seems to have with his fiancé. I miss my niece and nephew back in my hometown.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Lets press the PAUSE button.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Turn off the phone, Turn this around. (After reading this post of course 😉 ) 

We aren’t going to find FULFILLMENT through our followers, likes, our Facebook friends.

Inhale, exhale, as you sit in the sunlight. Let all this BUZZ wash away. Get outdoors to a place that can bring you out of the cold, isolated labyrinth of social media algorithms, and into the living, breathing, present.

Take a walk in the park by yourself and receive whats around you, go on long hike with a friend or two and FEEL the freedom of the wilderness.

I firmly believe from my own longings and experience as well as conversations I’ve had with other guys that we have a deeply ingrained desire to experience this adventure, to do something daunting or dangerous, to discover the hills we can overcome, and to use and test our strength as Men.

But, it isn’t about acting the part of the macho man, or acting like we can handle everything, it is actually quite the opposite:

“True strength does not come out of bravado. Until we are broken, our life will be self-centered, self-reliant; our strength will be our own. So long as you think you are really something in and of yourself, what will you need God for? I don’t trust a man who hasn’t suffered; I don’t let a man get close to me who hasn’t faced his wound. Think of the posers you know—are they the kind of man you would call at 2:00 A.M., when life is collapsing around you? Not me. I don’t want clichés; I want deep, soulful truth, and that only comes when a man has walked the road I’ve been talking about.”

-John Eldridge, Wild At Heart

There is something else I am after, out here in the wild. I am searching for an even more elusive prey . . . something that can only be found through the help of wilderness. I am looking for my heart.

Why do I care? Why do I write so much on this?

Because I DEEPLY BELIEVE that written in our hearts, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.

And if no one has ever reassured you or affirmed this side of you as a man, or you never quite found the words to express that mild, numb, comfortable, domestic discontentedness hovering over your soul, I hope to have shed some light into often untouched subject of our hearts.

 

Andrew Salminen

Mustache Club Press

 

**To Read MORE, and dig deeper into how we are created as Men and discovering our Masculine Soul, I HIGHLY recommend reading Wild At Heart, by John Eldridge below!

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