What I Learned from Movember 2018
A word to the wise:
Raising money for charity can be an interesting way to push yourself out of your comfort zone. It can be hard to push yourself for your own benefit, since it is easier to just relax and procrastinate. However, when trying to improve the lives of others it is possible to use that external motivation to do something you normally wouldn’t. For example, someone unfit may run a marathon to raise money for cancer research or, in the case of Movember, men grow mustaches to raise awareness. Here’s what I learned from Movember 2018.
It made me think about my own life:
Growing a mustache for men’s health pushed me in a few ways I thought were quite unexpected. Because Movember is focused on men’s health, I found myself more concerned with the way I was eating and how often I was exercising. This was something that wasn’t even a part of the process. All I had to do was grow a mustache, instead I found myself hitting the gym more regularly and eating much healthier!
It made me feel good!
The specifics of Movember aside, raising money and awareness simply made me feel good! It gave me a positive feeling to know that what I was doing was helping others, and that feeling carried over into other aspects of my life. When people donated money to me, I felt a connection with that person for helping me out. Whether it was because they cared personally about the cause, or perhaps because they were just supporting me, either way it felt good to know that their actions and contributions would help someone.
It made me realize who else was charitable:
Some chose not to donate:
I do not mean to make this negative, but I cannot lie, it was an aspect that I quickly started to notice. Although there were many wonderful and caring individuals who were willing to donate and others who expressed their support, but unfortunately had no money at this disposal to donate. However, there were also many more people who had sufficient money and deliberately chose not to donate.
Now, I will admit that some of them may have other charities that they regularly support, or some other form of charity they participate in. However, there were many others who just refused to participate. They would ask me “why do you have a mustache?”, which I would happily explain was a way of raising awareness for men’s physical and mental health. They would immediately behave as if they were uncomfortable and quickly change the conversation. Others would say they would donate, not now, but later! And I would never hear from them again about donating.
The reality is, I have no right to judge these people. And I try my best to understand that for some people, charity is just not one of their goals in life. They are by no means bad people, it just does not seem to be a priority for them.
Some chose to donate:
On the bright side, there were a few people that donated who I would never have expected to donate. And some who I knew did not have a lot of money, but still donated what they could.
Overall, I believe it was a positive experience for myself, the people around me and the people who have been hopefully helps by this great cause!
For those who have never taken the opportunity to donate at least once. It may not seem like it, but giving even a small amount of money or time to people in need will not only help them, but make you feel incredible as well! What cause would you support?