Someone on just for guys used the term and it got me a wondering. Outside of my peer group, my father, my son ( who are also peers), I care about what men long dead would potentially think about my life more then most men walking. It is important my forefathers look down from Valhalla and understand how I live and why. From my late Grandfather to my long dead forefathers who rode with Lee, Jackson, Mosby and Hill, to the Ulster Scots who came out of the mountains to kill Englishmen for sport during the American Revolution, to the way back men who crossed the sea in longboats and who crossed the river Tweed to give the English hell, and checked the Romans before them, to those ideological forefathers who stood in the phalanx.
All would understand my profession and my commitment to my trade. Perhaps the way I train would be considered Spartan compared to how most folks live. I have trained most of the day. I woke up early and dragged the sled. At work I volunteered to be the demo shooter; even men at this level do not want to spend much extra time in the North Carolina summer sun. At lunch I hit the kettlebells, and I did farmers walk this evening around 6pm or so. I still felt pretty good so I moved on to hammering a tire with a sludge hammer for…. how ever long the Texas Hippie Collation cd lasted ( is it still a cd when you are using itunes?) 30 swings per arm per song then taking a break for water after 60 reps and going back to work. I fired 300 rounds of 5.56 and about 200 rounds of 9mm. Not bad for being on the clock. Yes I think the would understand.The Spartans would understand why I pour cold water on my body after I train three days a week, why I train out doors as much a I can, why I keep my feet and hands accustomed to hard labor. They would understand my focus on strength training vs appearance oriented gym stuff like body building and what not. I reckon they would only partially understand my politics ( Southern Nationalist and Kinist). Perhaps they’d understand my faith, being feed up with a pathetic Christian church and even more pathetic Christian men, enjoying the company of Pagan’s but not sharing their faith. I reckon my ancestors from far enough would understand my tattoos, all would understand my love of dogs, horses, and kids. The would understand how I love my small farm and rural life.
I have taken a Spartan approach to my fiances as well. I had let thing slip for awhile. Been lose on spending money. Nothing major but its rarely the major things that give us trouble in life. So I made the decision to tighten my shit up. I recently sold all my bikes but my FatBoy and RoadKing and put the money in the bank ( ie my gun safe). This has also saved me about $500 a year on insurance as well. I am committed to selling my Mustang soon, and will add that to the gun safe as well. That will save me a ton of money on gas, and reduce insurance cost a goodly amount. I want one more road trip in the Cobra before I sell it. Me, my three girls, the top down and drive up to Appalachia. I should sell my truck in the next three days, have an agreed to price from a guy I work with. I will be getting a 91 single cab Toyota 4 wheel drive pick up come Monday or Tuesday of next week. This will put another chunk of changes in the bank for me. 8 years ago I was destitute and filing bankruptcy. Now I have a home on nearly 5 acres that I owe $57k on, money in the bank bank, money in the bank I trust, gold, silver and looking to pay the home off maybe in a year or so. Depends if I can get cleared medically to go back down range. I am in the best financial shape of my life despite my ruined credit and $1200 a month in alimony. In fact this is the best I have ever been. Not just money but on every front.
This has helped my relationships as well. As I have l cleaned up the slop in my spending and shed luxury items ( bikes, truck and car) my beloveds have tightened up their life. One is done with drinking Coke and the like and back in the gym twice a day. The two with student loans have taken paying off their college debt more serious. This is a twofer because the best place to cut money is going out to eat for lunch. Now both are packing lunches to work and this will help them keep fit. The same two girls are finally getting more disciplined about domestic stuff, one much more so.
Do I live a Spartan life? In some areas clearly. However I am typing this on a high tech thinking machine, while laying on a $2000 foam mattress and my a/c set as low as it goes. If I were to chose a grandiose word to describe my life it would be adventurer