Have a sense of humor folks... Life is not serious, you'll be dead tomorrow and trust me none of this will matter. Only thing that registers on the long term scale, only thing that last after death is love.
This motto will save your sanity, make your life richer, more fulfilling, accomplished, etc. Plus a whole lot less drama!
I'd have to put my grandfather in the "real man" category.
He was a full-time cattle rancher and a full-time log truck driver for more years then I even know...his handle was "Cattle Baron" haha.
One winter morning - this had to be when he was in his early 60's - he was throwing a binder chain on the first load of the day. A link broke, and the come along came swinging down and hit his feet, knocking him on his ass.
He laid under the truck for about 30 minutes, and finally managed to get back in the truck. He could barely move his left foot.
He tied up his laces as tight as he could - this being the clutch foot on a '69 Pete - drove 6 loads, went home, saw to the cattle, had dinner, then went to the hospital. Ankle shattered in three places.
Good luck finding that level of tough or that work ethic in today's generation. It seems to me that many "real men" and "real women" existed in my grandfather and my father's times - the current generation and especially the next will never come close. Scary.
I actually blame women for the demise of the manly men. They want us to get in touch with our FEMALE side. After that, there is no turning back. You start collecting Taddy Bears, watch "Dirty Dancing", want a hug...