I told him, “real men never ask for help”
He turned to me and said, “son, don’t flatter yourself”
Sometimes we do certain things only because they fit to our perception of ourselves, and the first line “real man never ask for help” is perfect example of that. We don’t want other people to think that we can’t do some stuff alone, because it would wound our manhood in a way, so we act like we can deal with everything alone, but in reality we suffer and barely get past our problems. The second line is about older man, possibly father, that already has some knowledge about life, and we often try to ignore that knowledge. What he actually says is “You are not real men yet, you are my son and till I am here you can ask for my help, it won’t hurt you”.
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