I participated in No-Shave November this past year for the first time. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
A similar activity, Movember, is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. I’m not a mustache guy so I went the no-shave route.
I messed up and didn’t take a selfie at the beginning of the month. Here’s what I would have looked like on November 1st had I remembered to take the picture (minus the beautiful Wife and tropical setting)
When I posted this picture to Facebook, I had one of my friends point out that I was “cheating” by shaving my neck. That’s technically true and he had a valid point. That said, if I didn’t take care of the neck beard I’d be this guy… and no one wants that.
I’ll be honest… I love having a beard. I’ve been wearing some combination of beard / goatee for decades now. My kids have never seen me clean shaven. That said, I typcially try to keep it at least a little bit trimmed and toward the end of the month I was getting a tad bit tired of it.
And finally… it was shave down day. We were in the process of moving so we’d been living with my in-laws for a couple of months at this point. Putting all that hair down the drain wasn’t option so collecting it all in a garbage bag was the way to go.
As I have a tendency to do, I had a bit of fun while doing my shave down. I’ve gotta say… this would be a GREAT look for me moving foward.
And finally… No-Shave November came to an end. All jokes aside, No-Shave November / Movember are great causes and I’m happy to partake and to donate to such worthy causes.