The Longest Night Shall Be Smiled Upon

Today is the winter solstice. The longest night of the year for North America. Also, the shortest day of the year for North America. I choose today to re-start the Dad Level Viking ethos because it is similar to how many men probably feel about their life right now. In the dark for an inordinateContinue reading “The Longest Night Shall Be Smiled Upon”

Disappointment As A Talented Loser

The crushing disappointment of mid-life failure can be shocking. Moving along well into your late 30’s, learning, improving, moving up the ladder, all gets replaced with searching for work that, while not beneath you, is definitely the opposite direction of where you hoped your career trajectory would be headed. Then you get a brief glimmerContinue reading “Disappointment As A Talented Loser”

The Dad Level Viking Sagas

One thing that I find interesting, and disheartening, is that there is so little information that we have about the lives of the Vikings, especially written down knowledge from the source. What we do have, is told in form of sagas, stories told to share information, history, and values, all in poetic form. So, IContinue reading “The Dad Level Viking Sagas”

It’s Been Awhile

And much like the band Staind, who wrote a song called “It’s Been Awhile”, I’m back. But seriously, I never left, just felt I could do better.  Have you ever felt that way? Anyway, with 2020 around the corner, and resolutions galore that will be falling by the wayside for billions of people over theContinue reading “It’s Been Awhile”

The Specifics: Physical

The physicality of men is somewhat discouraged in culture today, at least the traditional ideals of physicality (fighting, fucking, and forging our way).  And, if you really draw the comparison between what I propose (living life today along the lines of the codes of Norse culture) and what the Vikings actually did (including (but notContinue reading “The Specifics: Physical”

Sea Level

Day 1 of the challenge is here.  The day of reckoning has arrived.  Do you go through with it?  Put every bit of your strength and being into the pursuit of positive change in your life? For me, the answer is yes. Imagine that the ocean is the turbulence of your life lived recently, orContinue reading “Sea Level”

Calm Before The Life Changing Storm

The calm before the storm. The day before a change. Tomorrow begins a long slog upwards toward the summit of what I can achieve.  A journey of improvement.  A pinnacle of self-reliance. I don’t know why I am so sure that “this time is different”.  Why I have failed in other attempts to get onContinue reading “Calm Before The Life Changing Storm”