After having a conversation with @JosyJosy, we brought up how many men have different views of what they consider personal strength and what they value as such. For me, I consider physical size and literal strength as "strength." Being big, powerful, and dominant. Which is why I loathe and despise the shitty-ass fucking height that I am; it's the complete opposite of physical strength. I feel like a lion stuck in the body of a mouse.
But as Josy implied, many men do not value or care about physical strength or size at all, which is why some 5'4" (163 cm) men can be comfortable with who they are, despite how that's seven inches weaker than even I am! I'm a short-shit myself, and some men are even smaller than me, and yet aren't nearly as bothered by their height and lack of strength and power as I am. They'd rather make money or whatever. But I don't value the same things some other men do, like being wealthy or rich. A billionaire can still get his ass kicked by a poor man. Billions of dollars mean nothing in the apocalypse. I don't view wealth as having much strength or power at all.
We also talked about martial arts and how both her friend and me do martial arts, but it doesn't make me feel any stronger, tougher, more badass or anything. Because as she said, I don't view martial arts as strength. (I kinda do, but you'd have to be on the level of Bruce Lee or Mike Tyson, both of whom were short men, before I begin to take you seriously.)
What do YOU consider to be strength or power?I'll leave anonymous opinions on for this one, but trolls won't be tolerated.
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Wow, I feel that a lot of people who are so into physical strength are just missing the point. This whole ego thing tied into how much you can lift. I hate that stuff, I have beaten guys who can easily outlift me. Endurance counts, skill etc. To me it's more about strength of character. I've been studying martial arts for 45 years, and a small guy can be fast, and agile and very skilled.
Truth is that many muscle bound guys are just SLOW, and wind easily. Keep out of their range for about 10 seconds then get inside of their reach and...
But mentally tough is a whole different game. Grit, the ability to keep going even if you are tired, hurt and sick. These matter to me much more, the guy who is stuck in a headlock and is uppercutting the other guy so hard that he's rocking his attacker off of his feet, then finds out years later that he had his neck broke in that encounter. Or the guy that gets stabbed goes and stiches himself up with dental floss and then goes after the guy that stabbed him, or the guy who has his fist broke in a fight and still beats the opponent down, or the guy who walks over a mile with a knife sticking out of his leg boot filled with blood and a bandana wrapped around the hilt to keep it from moving. These are what matter to me.