They Ain’t Going Up The Mountain

Where I live there is a steep road that winds all the way up a mountain. It’s a popular climb for hardcore cyclists. The entry to the hill starts at a 4 way stop. It’s interesting to see if other cyclists choose to go up the mountain, or if they choose the much easier routes to the left or right. I like to watch people as they approach the stop sign and guess whether or not they will go up the mountain.

Sometimes me and a friend will get stuck driving behind a cyclist as we approach the crossroads. I will observe the person and make a judgement call.

I’ll say something like:

“They ain’t going up the mountain.”

And most of the time I am right. It’s a fun game, even my friend likes to make guesses as to which men will go up the mountain.

You look at some guys and they are decked out in spandex and riding carbon fiber bikes. Your first guess would be…”This guy is going up the mountain.”

But most of the time you would be wrong. Of course, you will see some cyclists who do go up the mountain. When this happens I scream “THEY’RE GOING UP THE MOUNTAIN!!” I salute their bravery because I know the climb is brutal.

However, there is a reality to the mountain.

Many riders go up the mountain and underestimate the steepness or the fitness required to get to the top. They may try to go up the mountain but only make it so far before having to stop. They may walk their bike to the top of the mountain and then take pictures for social media.

People will see the pictures and think “Wow, he made it up the mountain.” But they didn’t really go up the mountain, did they?

Guys like Dan Bilzerian garner lots of attention from aspiring young men. Young men without any real father figures or mentors look to guys like Dan to guide them towards manhood. They want to look to men who have gone up the mountain. Dan gives off the image of going up the mountain and then you see he rented everything and made his money through trust funds (not poker.) He didn’t really go up the mountain, did he? Why do we look to playboys like Dan and allow such behavior to become the standard of what a man is?

This concept can be applied to all men driving around expensive Lambos, flaunting attractive women, and claiming to make millions.

They have the image of going up the mountain, but trust me…


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