A few more thoughts on Movember from Tquila’s team captain, Simon Parker.
Well Movember is nearly at an end – how time flies. It’s been great taking this journey with colleagues, family and friends. Starting from the initial stubble of the first week, moving to the ‘it’s definitely starting to show’ phase and then the inevitable ‘Does it itch?’ and ‘Bet you can’t wait to get rid of it’ of the final week. Doing it as a team at Tquila has provided many a moment of conversations and jokes, as well as giving opportunities to raise the awareness of men’s health and the fantastic work done by the many charities supported through Movember fundraising. It’s also been a bonding activity – we’ve helped each other through the hard times, stood together in the face of (mostly female) colleagues’ ridicule and risen above it, emerging stronger and better for it.
OK, so it’s not like running a marathon, or climbing Mt Kilimanjaro – you just don’t bother shaving your upper lip for 30 days – but it takes commitment and dedication. You have to put up with itching, hairs in your mouth, food, beer and soup getting caught in it – don’t mention the porridge – and the looks, the stares… but then now and again you catch the eye of a fellow Movember participant across a busy office, stroking their mo, or of a complete stranger on the platform waiting for a train, and with a grin and nod you acknowledge each other with mutual respect and admiration for the commitment – and it makes it all worthwhile.
Will I miss it when it’s gone? – no, not the mo, but I will miss the bond that joined us together for those 30 days. But the memories will remain… along with the stubble in the sink.
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