Men's Journal is my favorite magazine. Not just because of the issue pictured here, with its great interview with Friday Night Lights' Coach Eric Taylor ("Clear eyes-Full hearts-Can't Lose!") and three pages of the disaster that is Jesse "It's not really my fault" James (Can't bring myself to find a link for him--don't want to know what it would unleash on my computer...)
It's partly that. But it's more that with every issue, the writing is SO GOOD that I'm compelled to read about things I wouldn't normally. Grilling buffalo meat, climbing big mountains in sub-zero temps, training for my first triathlon. God willing, I will never do any of these things (unless they come up with a triathlon featuring bargain shopping, typing, and a trip to the local bookstore). But the writing in this magazine makes me better at thinking about & describing the things I do, which makes me better at writing about it. That's a fine return on the price of our subscription.
The first page I flip to with each new issue is in the back, where they ask some celebrity with major "Manly Man" cred (it seems like Robert Duvall is the poster boy for this...I don't expect to see Elton John anytime soon, although I'd love to) a series of questions about what he's learned about life:
1. What's the best advice you've ever received?
2. What should every man know about a woman?
3. What's the best cure for heartache?
4. What adventure most changed your life?
5. What's the best survival skill you know?
6. What song do you have to hear at least once a week?
Aren't this INCREDIBLE questions? I love them. And I'm always surprised by what thoughtful answers the Manly Men give, even when they say something that sort of horrifies me.
It's raining today, and rain makes me ponder random things. Today, I'll wrestle with "What's the best cure for heartache?" I've spent some time researching that one :) If I come up with anything profound, I'll let you know. In the meantime, I leave you with this great quote from Coach Taylor:
"Every man at some point in his life is going to lose a battle. He is going to fight and he is going to lose. But what makes him a man is at the midst of that battle he does not lose himself. This game is not over, this battle is not over."
I think this applies to the ladies, too. We just look better as we fight :)