From your point of view, you “had some of my weakest moments in front of women I care about deeply and in those moments I’ve learned so much about how different and unmatched the care of a loving woman can be.” I can promise you that MOST women would consider that one of your strongest moments. The ability for a man to be vulnerable requires a lot of courage as it goes against everything we’ve learned, starting with fathers rough housing with their babies, teaching their sons that “big boys don’t cry” when they get hurt playing, and followed by the peer pressure of friends, popular culture, and music.
I’ve got to say it’s easier to do it with the woman you love than just about anyone. But if you have one true friend who will always have your back, maybe it‘s possible. And when the times comes, it is your sacred duty to try to do for your sons.