Back in 2006 I took part in Tacheback, then last year I supported my girlfriend, Caz Lock, when she participated in Movember by illustrating animals with mo's. Feeling inspired to do something to help others, I decided to take part in this years Movember. It’s a charity I have a close affinity to, as my grandpa Alf died of prostate cancer on 4th January 2004. I wanted to do this for him and the awareness of mens health.
I think it’s always good to push yourself to take on new challenges, big and small. It’s easy to just talk about doing something, but it's harder when it comes to actually knuckling down and getting on with it.
I started the month off in style by going round to my local barbers for a haircut and a wet shave. Then had to go buy myself a razor. I decided taking a photo every day would work for me in two ways, keep others up-to-date on the growth, and add extra pressure to keep up the shaving every day.
For me, it’s not just about growing a moustache to give others a laugh on your behalf. For every shaving rash, ingrowing hair and laugh I got throughout the month, it forced me to reflect on how much harder someones life would be when living with cancer. With that in mind, it's easy to block out all those very minor pains.
It’s good to remind yourself of what you’ve got by taking something away, or pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Go and do something that’s not easy. Something you have to keep up. Something that takes effort. If what you’re doing can benefit other, then that’s even better.
What do you feel strongly about?
Who you could go out of your way to help?
How far will you push yourself for someone else’s gain?
Choose something, then do it.
If you want to see all the photos, or feel inclined to donate, you can do so here. mobro.co/hellojamesbooth