When one thinks of these three words, many possibilities arise. For me, I first think of the Triforce from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series, and the tattoo which adorns my left shoulder. Actually, it is part of the Hylian Crest, but not significant for this conversation.
When assembled, the Triforce allows the owner to make and be granted as many wishes as they want, which usually last until they die or the wish is fulfilled, and is comprised of three parts: The Triforce of Wisdom, Courage, and Power. For me, these three characteristics are central for me to exhibit my masculinity for myself and others.
I got the tattoo when my wife and I reconciled after our finalized divorce. Being the first one to divorce in my immediate family, I needed the courage to blaze a new trail. I needed the power for unconditional forgiveness (and my wife needed that as well, it always takes two to tango), and the wisdom to know that our reconciliation was part of our plan.
Also, the tattoo also represents the courage, wisdom, and power I need to lead life authentically. Around the same time, I acquired the tattoo, I was preparing myself to admit and own that I was bisexual (always a process). Wisdom, Courage, and Power were very much needed to successfully navigate that specific journey. All three allowed me to face my wife, family, friends, and society.
Then again, aside from the personal meaning, my wife loves tattoos. They excite her. Why not get one to excite her as much as I can!). Being in a relationship is about knowing what makes the other tick, right?
The Triforce tattoo motivated me to own my masculinity and authenticity. It is a reminder that I can blaze trails, conquer obstacles, and defeat the odds. It is a reminder for me that I have the courage, power, and wisdom to provide a foundation to support myself, my wife, and my two daughters. I am reminded that if I practice wisdom, courage, and power in my daily routine that I will contribute in a positive manner to society.
I got my tattoo to escalate my journey to become the man I needed to be for myself, my family, and those who question what it truly means to be masculine in the 21st century.