OK, so I have a question for you? Well if you read the title, I think maybe you might already have the question.
If not, read the title. I mean really, you haven't scrolled down too far yet... Odds are you can just look up. Of course if your resolution is horrible, maybe I should just restate it. Are you sick of Movember yet?
|With 'staches this awesome? I don't think so.|
|One fine looking moustache!|
Lately I've been hearing grumblings that Movember has lost it's meaning. That now it's just a bunch of kids, growing moustaches because it's the thing to do, not because they want to raise awareness or money for the cause. I guess that's pretty fair. I kind of felt that way last year by the end as well. When I started doing this 6 years ago no-one had really heard of it. I had to explain to everyone why I all of the sudden looked like Freddie Mercury's chubbier cousin? The next year, I got a few friends to join me. The year after that, a few more... but there were still holdouts telling me that they'd prefer NOT to look like pedophiles. Thank you.
|OK, so searching for a picture of pedophines in Google Images is grim. Don't do it.|
As we went, though more and more people joined in, and in fact record numbers of money are raised every year through the initiative as record people join in. Having said that though as things become mainstream and commercialized, they lose their meaning. People are doing it to be part of the crowd. Cool factor is lost as people join. To paraphrase Naomi Klien... Once something hits the mall, it's not longer cool. You can definetly buy 'Movember' t-shirts at the mall.
So if it's not cool and it's been over played.... Then people must be starting to get sick of it. I've been hearing rumblings of it from several sources, and I understand.
You know who's not getting sick of it though? Victims of cancer. Anything we can do to help them is worth it. Even if only 1% of the people are actively raising money.
This year I took it a step further... I shaved my head for the cause, because I wanted to show this was about more than growing a Mo to join the crowd. A lot of people who get prostrate cancer lose their hair. I could too. A small price to pay to get people to realize this isn't just a bunch of douche bags getting together to annoy women with scratchy kisses for a month. This isn't about fitting in with the crowd. This is about helping those who need it, and stamping out a disease which will kill 1 in 36 men. After I shaved my head and posted it on Facebook, I got this comment...
You know? I'm not sick of Movember after all.
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