For those of you who know me personally know I’m a sweet, gentle soul who could never possibly hurt anyone unprovoked. I got to work everyday, I love my wife and children and I follow the rules. I’m not out in the clubs or drinking uncontrollably to a drunken stooper. I do what I’m told, when I’m told to do it. To put it simply, I‘m a good little boy. Honestly though, this can be very boring for me. After watching a episode of the Starz network tv show Power I saw qualities in James “Ghost” St. Patrick I wanted to be like.
If you know the show, then you know that Ghost is a drug dealer slash club owner trying to go legit. In his world he has everything he wants in his grasp. A beautiful wife and kids, an affair with a hot girlfriend from his past. His physical appearance is very muscular and fit and he has tattoos on his back. I wanted tattoos on my back and I let myself go and haven’t been able to discipline myself back to working out again. It’s his desirability among women is a trait that I envy as well. I mean what guy doesn’t want women to want him, even if he doesn’t want them?
Other than the physical traits Ghost has a style and poise about him that shows he’s a patient thinking man. His right hand man Tommy often jumps way too cravingly into danger. Ghost shows his equanimity when he visits all angles of the issue and decides how to cautiously proceed. Characters like Ghost or even Shane from The Walking Dead possessed the power to wield and command respect even among the biggest and toughest. The absence of fear they show in the depth of anarchy is a testament of how these men handle pressure and know how to navigate through the network negotiation and deception. Men like these are often connected to the underworld bosses and being a boss themselves, they too have people under them they employ and live double lives.
Men like Tony Soprano that I would argue is an anti-hero, but sees the world differently, because they know the people who are the puppetmasters and button presser of the world. They never saw themselves as consorting to a regular 9-5 nor would they want to become part of that transient mundane lifestyle that herds themselves on the highway five days a week to make it to a job they hate to come back home to a family who doesn’t listen to him half the time. In the life where you do what is necessary, some may see it as barbarous and others see it a way of life. The toll you pay for a the style of living you work for.
I can’t tell you how many times I felt like punching someone in the face,but I held back. The time this mechanic was gonna over charge me to fix a flat tire. I wanted to deck him right there and someone like a Tony Soprano or Ghost would have made a threatening gesture and if the guy didn’t comply he would hit him….repeatedly. I mean I see guys like me who get argued down by their spouses and wore down by life and the spark has left their souls. We’re just going through the motions of the week…..what day is Monday, oh ok I need my coffee, car keys and I’m out the door to go to work. To me the part of the American dream that isn’t mentioned in a brochure of guide-book is that we you have to relentlessly pursue your goal and take what you want when you want it.
It’s the Scarface’s, the Walter White’s, the 50 Cent’s, the Hannibal Lector’s, the Don Draper’s, the Ray Donovan’s, the Jamal Al-Fayeed’s take what they want and do as they please. Have you ever thought about being more like these guys?
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