Men, after almost 3 decades of life experience and numerous stand-up comedians confirming this notion, I’ve come to realize this:
The only reason we ever do anything is to impress a woman.
Go ahead, take a minute and think back to your greatest achievement. Now, take another minute to trace that back to the woman you were trying to impress.
You got good grades to impress your mom.
You were a gym rat in college to impress the ladies at the bar.
You keep showing up to that job you’re not thrilled about to protect, provide for, and ultimately impress that pretty lady of yours.
It’s an evolution of sorts, from momma’s boy to man of the house, but all this time we’ve been trying to strike a chord with the women who’ve meant the most to us.
I owe a huge thank you to the women who have made me strive for more, and you probably do, too. Don’t think that offering gratitude to the ladies in your life is weak. There’s strength in the vulnerability of putting your shield down and simply saying “thank you”.
To my mom: thank you for raising me with equal parts love, discipline, and compassion. Oh, and that whole sensitive side you got going on, thanks for passing that on, too.
To my older sister: thanks for showing me what hard work looks like. I know I slacked off in high school while you were at the top of your class, but it just took me a little longer to see the value in working hard for what I want.
To the girls that I dated prior to meeting my wife, thank you for allowing me to figure out what I wanted and what I didn’t want in a partner. I look back on those relationships with gratitude because I became the man my wife needed as I made my fair share of mistakes with you.
To my wife, my queen, my everything: To say I’m grateful for you is an understatement. I don’t know if I’ll ever find the words to really drive that point home. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I’ve dedicated my life to forever impressing you.
And finally, to my little girl, Lucy, who’s 3 months away from making her way into this world: thank you for being yet another reason for me to impress a female. I know that your eyes will be on me from day one. I promise you’ll see the best of what Nick Matiash has to offer.
I’ve got plenty of love for the men who have played a role in shaping me, too. But this is an ode to the women have continually encouraged me to live true to the name of my website and coaching practice─Moving Past Mediocre.
Find the women who have supported you along the way and send them a genuine thank you.
Being a man of good character and quality often requires a little push from the strong women who play big roles in our lives. It’s about time we shared our gratitude with them.
If it weren’t for their support or our unyielding drive to impress them, we probably wouldn’t be half the men that we are.
Thank you, ladies.