Lets do a challenge together.. ok, but what? Something like Spartan Beast? Yeah, ok, but not a normal one.. a Mountain Series
Spartan Race Andorra
Yes, I hear you thinking, ´That´s so mainstream, a doing Spartan´ Well, yes it is, but it turns out that you can do some pretty heavy ones still.. For me and Robin this was the 5th race and for me the second beast, for Robin the third. The ones before were all done in relative flat terrain compared to this one in Andorra. Never heard of Andorra? Not strange, it is a tiny country in the middle of the Pyrenees between France and Spain. It is known for mountaineering, winter-sports, extreme downhill tracks and stunning wild nature. The people living there seem to ´breathe´ the outdoor lifestyle. It is a beautiful place.
Dutch Special Operations Charity Funds
As most of you know, we at Arminius Tribe, are big supporters of the new foundation, that was started by some good friends from our old unit. We feel very connected, and want to raise awareness of what is happening to a lot of Warriors, everywhere.
A trendy word nowadays, but very important for us. We ourselves found out that not staying connected with your old unit-team-community-tribe-gang is not a good thing. Something was missing and we tried to replace it with all kinds of activities.. I wrote an article about, read it here.. But as time passed and we started talking about it more, reading about tribes in books like ´The way of Men from Jack Donovan´ and ´Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging´ from Sebastian Junger a more clear picture of ourselves started to form. We concluded that we needed to get the tribe back together.
A path to follow
That might seem a bit spiritual to say, and thinking of it now it actually is. It is more than just getting together with a bunch of random guys and doing stuff. This is deeper, much deeper, a way of life for sure. But what path should you follow? For me personally, the Tactical Virtues described by Jack Donovan combined with my own values, give me a solid direction.
The Tactical Virtues
Strength – Courage – Mastery – Honor
Insert from an Article by Jack Donovan
Strength, Courage, Mastery and Honor are the four “tactical virtues” that I used to define primal masculinity in The Way of Men.
In a band-level society or “gang,” these are the virtues that men would look for and value in other men, because men who are strong, courageous, competent and loyal make better cooperative hunters, fighters and protectors. I talk more about defining masculinity in this video, but for an in-depth explanation of my “gang” theory of masculinity and the tactical virtues, read The Way of Men.
Read his full article on ‘The Way of Men, Gods and Runes’ here.
A Solid Direction
I guess this is for every Man different, there are many directions to follow. It took me a long time to find it, and it is an ongoing exploration. I personally belief that our evolution as mankind and Men in particular, plays a big part in who we are and how we act. Most Men have lost tough with that past. I wrote an article on this before, ‘The Urge to be a Warrior’.
Whatever direction you choose, is fine by me, but it turns out again and again that most guys lose that feeling of a goal, a direction, after they leave the military, or transfer to a unit where the bond is different or not so strong as the old one.
Time to adjust
I remember very good, the first time after I transferred to another unit, my old team got in a big firefight in Afghanistan.. well that bottle of JD was empty pretty fast. Regretting big time, that I wasn’t over there with the guys, cursing myself for this pussy-decision. It takes time to adjust to a new environment, especially when that environment is civilian and doesn’t involve shooting.. Adjusting fully will never happen, and ask yourself if that is what you would really want(or just your wife), because to me, that feels like giving up who I am.. So what now?
You make sure you keep your Tribe together and make it stronger, create common goals, virtues & values
This is why we do stuff like a Spartan, Murph, Fighting, TCCC or get together around a campfire and talk about what it means to be a MAN.
Get in tough with your old team mates, organize something. Do a challenge like a Spartan, I guarantee you, it will feel good to be with the guys again, even-though it is not in a semi-permissive or hostile environment.. More on this..
Oh yeah, before I forget.. it took us 7 hours and 45 minutes to finish the 29km’s, 2500 meters of altitude and 35 obstacles, it was a good challenge.. not really mainstream looking back on it..
Thanks Tom, Sebas, Ray, Robin & Cesar. A great day, in very good company.
Thank you for reading, leave a comment on what you are doing to keep your tribe strong!