Man date vs Mandate

Ever been on a “man date”, gentlemen?  It might sound strange but it is needed for guys.  As we were growing up we spent time EXCLUSIVELY with boys.  When we reached puberty, it was chasing girls and when we caught them, SOME of us simply pulled up the hand brake and stopped.  It’s so easy for us guys just to stop… and with good reason.  We have a hard day at work, we need to keep the wife and kids happy and some of us even have community based activities.  So where is the modern day man in all of this?  The ladies go to their spa’s and girlie places and frankly, so should we!

But let’s not get carried away and go all metro sexual; or whatever it is that society has labelled us with.  Find your purpose and exercise it!  You have been born to do a specific task and that will be the only thing that will give you gratification.  If you haven’t found it yet, I can almost 100% guarantee you that you will spend the rest of your life looking for it…knowingly or unknowingly.

So what is our mandate as men?  In my opinion, it is to lead in whatever sphere we find ourselves.  This does not mean that we need to be great world changers and philosophers.  We can very simply but effectively be the leader in our own families by exercising what is right, raising our kids in a manner which is pleasing in the sight of God and being the husband that we should be to our wives.  I recently discovered that it’s the man’s opinion that carries the greater weight in the household. “Honey, how do I look?” or “Daddy, what do you think of this?”  We help society form an opinion of itself.  Do you realise the enormous mandate that is on our shoulders?

So coming back to the other “man date”.  A good friend of mine, Elton (whose also photo-crazy) and I try to get together once in a while and just shoot.  We recently done a photowalk behind Durbanville Hills and had quite a bit of fun.  It was also a time just to hang out as guys…hence the “man date”.

Here I tried to capture and pay attention to fine detail.  One of my favourite angles is to get really close to the subject and give it an abstract feel.  It’s really amazing what you can pick up in a radius of only 50 square metres.

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Love God, Love photography and adore my wife :) oh and fast cars!!
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11 Responses to Man date vs Mandate

  1. Gina Morkel says:

    Really like it.I never knew you where doing photography. We will def have an appointment when I come visit SA again…with the whole fam.That’s a promise! Keep on doing the good work my friend.Still waiting to here when the family of 2 becomes 3 or
    God Bless!

  2. Shaveh says:

    This is absolutely true. My hubby has these with his best friend and they are a key part of being a man. I need to just “talk” to my girlfriends to just “talk” where as guys need to also do the same but it’s not to off load, it’s actually to tank up and make them stronger.
    Strong men are needed now more than ever and I’m totally in agreement with Eugene here. Lead society boys – morally, physically, mentally, spiritually and every other way possible.

  3. Mario Brown says:

    That is so true. I just had a man date with a friend and it was awesome to be able to off load without any judgement or expectations. What was even better was that we were both confident in our manhood that we thought nothing of holding hands while we prayed in the restaurant and when we left to give each other a hug. We need to have relationships like these. Well done on the blog loving it.

  4. Elton says:

    Hey boyfriend!!! Hahahahaha… kwaai my vriend! Loving the blog site bru, keep up the good work, you’re doing great! PS, Candice, when can Eugene come out to play again? hehe…

  5. eugene says:

    thanks for all the powerful comments, everyone. this inspires me to dig even deeper.

  6. Inez says:

    Good work Eugene, keep it up 🙂

  7. Donelle says:

    I loved this and encouraged me to encourage my husband to go on a man date now and again. You are right it will serve to make him stronger and a better man. Although we share everything sometimes he needs time with other guys to reflect, to learn, to grow. Thanks for a great blog and awesome pics.

  8. Dee says:

    Great post. Nicely put. Going to send hubby out on one shortly. Just had a chick date in town abs it was so needed. Take care – dee
    P’s my husband just reminded that mandates are similar if not important as Bro-mance. Need to keep your man relationships alive 🙂

  9. Justin says:

    Kap ‘n tol, lekka boet….

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