Next week our ragamuffin fraternity turns twenty-one.
The May Club is a group of men that leaves for five days each May for adventure, relaxation, and friendship. www.tmcoutdoors.com
This year nearly 40 guys will head out and take over three homes on the Gulf Coast. You'll find us celebrating till late in the night, playing golf, fishing, kayaking and more. In the midst of the excursions, friendship continues to build, stories are told and made, and life together is experienced.
It might seem a little extreme to build up what is five days of men acting like boys, but in truth, I know lots of stories of how the escape, conversations, advice, and support after the five days has: changed lives, saved marriages, help raise children, provided employment, provided support in grief, and much more.
“Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual
longing written into the soul of man.” - John Eldredge (Wild At Heart)
The world is not in need of men that only push babies around the park, sit in coffee shops, and rush home at five. It needs men of passionate conviction and fighters in defense of what is right and good. Men that fight to provide and guard their family in a dangerous world. Men that stand on the convictions of their faith. Men that work with fervor to provide and create. Men seeking to make the world a better place to live and at the same time prepare themselves and those around them for the inevitable...death. Men that don't back down unless wisdom shows them wrong. Men that disciple young men and instill passion with a warrior like temperament.
Over twenty-one years I've seen great fighters create more great fighters. The men of The May Club in five days of play have more life changing impact than most church men's groups.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." – Plato
Not only am I grateful for all I have learned from these men, but much more thankful to my wife.
My wife gave me freedom to chase and slay dragons. She gave me time for adventure and time to develop friendships. Time to spend with mentors, and time to mentor others. She gave me time to work hard and play hard. The freedom she gave me has made me a better, more engaged, husband and father.
My wife has not kept me from kayaking oceans, rappelling cliffs, hanging off mountains, running with bulls, or skirting about third world countries. She encourages it and in doing so, has made me a better man.
What woman wants to marry a man that goes to wedding and baby showers anyway?
Nothing is worse than a women that doesn't give her husband the freedom to work his ass off and play his ass off - the woman that demands him be home at a certain time and never lets him out for adventure. The only thing worse - an overbearing husband who does not give his wife the freedom to chase her dreams, develop her friendships and to seek her form of adventure.
Next to every adventurous man is an adventurous woman.
And so I can't wait to surf coastal waves, sing Buffett songs, clash beer bottle together, attempt to win the fishing pot, belly flop in the pool, rip into crawfish, jet ski the bay, stay up all night, and talk about the past year.
To my TMC friends - cheers!