The only regret I have is that I didn't internalize what my father was telling me all of my life.
These two words will change your life, these two words will change your mind.
These two words are the kick in the ass towards masculinity, so simple but so powerful if applied.
I could be going through the shittiest of times, not want to move, not want to work, not want to speak, I just want to sleep all fucking day and wallow in my pain. These two words will ring in the back of my head and I realize, that it's not the situation, but how I handle the situation that defines me.
No matter how horrible it can be, I could catch my girlfriend cheating with my best friend. The anger, frustration, embarrassment, and rage comes, I hear the voice say "Toughen Up", then my priorities are set in the right place.
For us men, we have a natural drive to conquer and take the victory by force, then fall on the battle ground and breathe in the freedom. We take pride in our strength and ability to stand tall in the midst of trial. "Toughen Up", is more than it seems. It's a challenge! And I fucking love challenges.
When shit hits the fan, tell yourself to toughen up and see how great you feel once you do and overcome the obstacle like a man. It's not the outward attention and admiration that makes it worth doing, it's the inward satisfaction of knowing that you could pull yourself up by your boot straps and fight tooth and nail for what you believe in, and come out victorious.
Next time some shit comes your way, whether it be a shit test, something physically painful or mentally painful, see it as a challenge to go deeper into yourself and call upon the strength within. The fulfillment you get from victory is worth every ounce of trouble you endured.