There are many different definitions of strength and power.
It all depends on where you are from. What your background is, what your mindset is like. But I just realized what my one definition for for strength or power is.
It’s a very physical one very grounded in reality.
to me strength or power is the ability to stop someone from causing harm to your person, or a loved one, and on the flip side, the ability to be able to harm or damage someone.
To me that is paramount, most important. More important than anything else in the world. And to me it’s both mental and physical. Because even if you are physically capable, you may not have the mental skills or abilities to be able to apply the physicality properly.
Why is that my definition of strength/power? because when it falls down to it outside of social standings, political power, or the amount of money you have if someone bigger, stronger, more skilled than you comes to you and kills you, harms you or tries to steal from you and you can’t stop them? Then everything else you hold stock in doesn’t matter. The money, the status, all of the modern things people think are powerful? Won’t mean ANYTHING.
Yea you can get people to protect if need be, but they can’t be around you at all times though, and what if they just decide to quit or turn on you? What will you be able to do then? Thats why being strong mentally/physically/emotionally is so important. Because those things can’t be taken away from you. You could lose your money, social standings, material possessions all of that stuff, BUT you would still remain strong, knowledgeable and skilled. NO ONE can take that away from you.
Also, just because I believe this doesn’t mean I don’t hold other more emotional/mental forms of strength important. The strength to carry on through depression and mental illnesses. The strength to be able to carry on through family problems, economic problems, and other hassles of life. I find all of those important as well. And the people who can go through that and come out stable and largely unaffected? I have a massive amount of respect for. It’s just this is my PERSONAL philosophy. My life philosophy I guess you could say.
I think that’s one reason I find martial arts, athletic training, and being logical so important. If your strong, fast, powerful and overall athletic but don’t have the skills or know how to use it properly? You’re in possible trouble.
On the flip side if you are skilled and knowledgeable but may lack in size or general physical capability you could still be more at risk. And if you lack general calmness/logical mindset whether you’re strong or not, or are skilled, then you won’t be able to focus yourself when need be. Not just in tense situations, but being able to be calm and logical in everyday life is important.
So yea, longer than I thought. haha.
Whats your personal definition of strength or power?
One thing I want to learn are some common sense survival skills.
Things such as hunting, fishing, knowing how skin and clean a freshly killed animal. Know what vegetation is good to eat or not. How to build a really good fire, how to build. all of that stuff.
For one, it’s just good to know. Especially for when I eventually plan to move away from all civilization and just live by myself with nothing but nature around me.
Two, like nopityfitness said a minute ago, you can’t call yourself call manly and what not, just cuz you lift weights and eat meat. You really want to be manly, or just awesome in general, you should have a good set of totally independent survival skills.
Although I love people and company, by nature I’m a very solitary and independent person. I just have yet to find a way to gain this independence. Mainly because I’m taking advantage of this free food and board from my moms. But my need for independence is starting to outweigh my need for convenience.
So before I totally strike out on my own, i’m going to find ways to acquire these skills. Maybe befriend some farmers and hunters? I don’t know, I’ll find something out.
I’m going to learn some survivalist skills, because at one time in my life I just want seclude myself to some wilderness area and just live there for a while. Away from everyone, and of course train.
It’ll build character.
Besides fitness and martial arts I’ve been yearning to lead a more physical life style. That happened with parkour, then with hiking and being outdoors in general. Now I’m starting to want to be able to survive outside if need be. And NOW I want to be able to do things like make your own clothes and shoes, acquire handy man skills. Overall I’ want to groom myself to be the ultimate independent. I don’t want to have tp pay or depend on anyone for any of my basic survival needs.
Mentally and emotionally I’m practically the ultimate independent/survivalist. Now I need to become that way physically.
Why pay someone to do stuff when you can do it yourself?
Damnit, I so should have been born a couple of hundred years ago.
Ever feel like there is two sides to you? The side everyone see’s, and the other more realistic version of who you are behind the curtains. For a while I did NOT fit this category. It was what you see is what you get. but as time as went I have definitely changed. Usually in situations like this, the persons hidden side is more vulnerable, more sensitive. But with me it’s the opposite, I’m actually much more harsh and callous. As in survival of strongest/ Spartans threw the disabled children over the cliff type of harsh. Almost everyday I have to literally remind myself to be more empathetic and compassionate towards people. But as time goes on it wears very thin. Not in a pessimistic/ cynical way. I don’t think everything is bad or is going to bed bad. It’s just that I empathize will certain people to a point, then after that point breaks I could care less about what their problem is.
I think it stems from the fact, that I am able to learn from a lesson very quickly in order to stay in mentally positive/ neutral state. But lots of other people aren’t able to do that so well, and in the back of my mind I say. “I told them what to do, and if they can’t learn from their mistake, it’s their problem no matter what”. I’m no mean spirited, I don’t think. I don’t wish people ill or harm, ever. It’s just that when someone in my eyes isn’t mentally/physically/emotionally strong enough to make certain decisions, I kind of throw them to the wolves, lmao.
Hahaha if I were born a couple of hundred years ago, I think I would fit right in. But this the modern age, the age of compassion, not survival. So I’m slowly trying to become slightly more compassionate to people who can’t seem to get themselves together. ONE big reason I feel the need to do this, is because as a martial artist. having little compassion for people and possessing the deadly skill set we learn over time, is NOT a good combo. hahaha.But on the other hand, I think it’s partially why I am so good with dealing with violence in fighting and in general. Because I am able to accept it as a part of life. Rather than glorifying it or being super afraid of it.