Last year, on July 20th, 2013, my journey on understanding and dealing with the topic of manhood began. It was that Friday on a hot summer that the episode “Dipper vs. Manliness” on Disney Channel’s “Gravity Falls” went on the air.
Now, a year later, I have a better grasp on what a man really is.
Interestingly enough, even when the Disney Channel series “Kim Possible” was on the air, an episode that stuck with me for a very long time called “Ron the Man” really stuck with me.
It was Ron Stoppable and Dipper Pines who I related to the most in the epic question, “what is a man.” Even just as important, this question, “what kind of man will I be.”
Last year, I wrote an article on the topic of “What Is A Man,” and to be honest, I plan to rewrite that very article.
My Christian counselor and spiritual advisor told me to spend time looking for those “Grace Moments,” where God speaks and is often present, even in places we may not think about.
Dipper’s struggle was no different than mine. He struggled with trying to find his masculinity and his stance as a man on the outside, but it was really deeper than that. It was deeper than chest hair or strength.
For Ron, it was more than about muscles. It was more than about attempting to “look” impressive and gain validation. It was more than a document stating that he was a man from his Bar Mitzvah.
He spoke to me using both of these shows guys! The rest is history!