Masculinity is a noun, and the definition in the dictionary includes words such as “gender” and “mannish”. This definition to me suggests that masculinity can’t actually be defined in a black and white sentence. It is defined by the person themselves and the energy they put into the world. It is both a state of mind and a presence. This word has been transformed by our generation into a movement that breaks down the walls and barriers our human race has created. Masculinity is an aura and spirit. No longer gender specific, it bleeds into every facet of life. Whether it is a job, hairstyle, tie collection, sexual orientation, or lifestyle, masculinity makes each person feel something strong, something personal. It is beautiful and handsome, fearless and bold. To me, it is empowering, comforting and natural. It makes me love me just a little bit more. Masculinity encompasses strength, resilience, and forms a backbone for the person I present to the world.