Perfection is a strange concept.
For some men, the pursuit of perfection has bound them in a perpetual illusionary quest to earn more, or look better, or be stronger. But like the ideal woman, the ideal man does not exist.
And yet, history tells us he has. He does. The funny thing is, this ideal man – this concept of perfection – is constantly evolving. Which makes perfection imperfect. And the pursuit of it plain silly.
As Auckland settles into another week of Level 4 Lockdown, the MINT team has put together their fave things to do at home so you too can stay entertained and well fed.
We’ve all heard how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. It can boost your immune system, help you focus, improve your physical performance, keep your heart healthy, your body humming and your mind in a positive mental state.
But for some of us, sleep is hard to come by. Whether it’s the pressures of work, a cluttered mind, struggles with anxiety, stress, medications or illness, far too many people struggle with falling and staying asleep.
As a kid growing up in the 80s, body image wasn’t something discussed by men. No one ever said, ‘My legs are so skinny. Like two little twigs. I wish they were more like yours.’ Or, ‘I don’t feel comfortable taking my shirt off at the beach, I mean, ugh, look at me’.
You’d never speak about your body image down at the pub. In fact, to do so would somehow make you vain and vulnerable. Less masculine.
That fear of speaking out has hindered real, meaningful conversations about self-esteem and body positivity for men.