The little boy– named Bruce– is shown trying to pass a test where he has to punch through a board with his left hand. After repeatedly failing, he becomes frustrated and starts to cry. That’s when his instructor kneels down beside him and shares some wise and beautiful words of encouragement.
“You know in life, there’s gonna be things harder for you to do than other things?” says Bruce’s teacher, building a metaphor between the difficulties of life and Bruce’s struggle to break the board, “And you know those things that may appear to be hard to do, you’re going to have to do, as a man, regardless?” He is so gentle with the boy as he explains his point: “As soon as we hit resistance, we want to stop, right? … But we have to fight through it as men. But it’s going to be very painful.”
But the best part isn’t even the instructor’s advice, it’s that he allows Bruce to cry, and teaches him through that moment. “It’s okay to cry. We cry as men.” he tells Bruce. “I don’t mind you crying. I cry a lot, too.” So touching!
In the caption of the video, the instructor enourages parents “to not only allow your sons to cry when facing emotional stress, but more importantly, patiently walk them through it… Do not allow our boys to grow up with a false sense of masculinity… Teach them how to use those emotions to their benefit.” I love that!
Check out the video below, and see the lesson this instructor has for Bruce’s dad, too!