If you want to know the lessons that I have learned from 1 month of no shaving, then continue reading on.
Happy 1st of December everyone! May we all have a wonderful last month of the year. Let’s make the most out of it!
Anyway, time is flying really fast and November just ended. That means that it’s time to shave! Oh, I just did that a few hours ago before writing this.
As you can see, I’ve gone through the whole November without shaving. This was my first time, and it wasn’t as hard as I imagined. I tried doing the #NoShaveNovember in the past, but I wouldn’t count it because I didn’t do it for the full 30 days. So, this was my first legit success with this and I am proud of myself.
Before anything else, what were my reasons for doing this?
First, I love challenges.
Second, I love anything that would make me grow. In this case, I feared looking like an idiot, so I did it.
Third, for a change. Change is good. Embracing change is vital to success.
Fourth, for raising cancer awareness. Nah, I didn’t do it for that reason. Sorry, fellas.
So what does this have to do with fitness? Honestly, I don’t know. I just want to share with you my thoughts about it. I’ve learned a couple of things from this 1 month of journey and I would probably do something like this again soon. As I’ve said, I love challenges.
Anyhow, these are the things that I learned from this experience.
No Shave November — Lessons That I Have Learned
1. People don’t really care that much about you
First, this statement may sound negative, but it’s not. Let me clear that. What I mean by they don’t really care that much about you, is that they don’t really care how you look. It’s YOU that they care about — not your facial hair, your pimples, your belly fat, your shirt, or your car.
In the past 30 days, I really tried my best to observe people’s reactions when they see me sporting this messy facial hair. To my surprise, most of them didn’t care at all. Some noticed it and made a comment about it, but minutes later they forgot about it. It was surprising and liberating.
People don’t care about your looks, they care more about how you make them feel and how you carry yourself. The takeaway in this is you have to detach yourself from your self-image. The sooner you learn this, the sooner you will become happier.
2. You are not your looks
This is tied up to #1. A facial hair is a facial hair. A face is a face. A 6-pack is a 6-pack. But they are not YOU.
Quoting Tyler Durden, my most favorite fictional character from the movie Fight Club:
You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.
It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
The last one’s a bit profound. To further understand it, ask yourself: if everything is stripped away from you, including your money, house, car, and looks, what would be left?
I’m hearing different answers. Well, you can just keep it to yourself or you can ponder over that question.
My answer is YOU. The real, authentic, and genuine you.
We give so much power about how we look as if our whole identity is attached to it. Some would even sell their soul just to “keep up” with the norms and the universal standards of beauty.
But of course, who am I to judge? We’re all suspects here.
As I realized, these challenges are really valuable. It questions your beliefs and how you see the world. It also gives you a good slap in the face and makes you understand that there are more important things than caring about how that insignificant person would say about your new look.
So whether the facial hair suits me or not, it’s fine. I don’t care. I am more than that.
3. I’ve learned to use fear to help me grow
Quoting Seneca, from the book Letters From A Stoic:
Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: “Is this the condition that I feared?”…
This section of his book is all about overcoming fear and developing mental toughness. And the goal of this 30-day challenge was to overcome my fear of change and the people’s reactions when they see me.
So on this 30-day journey, I constantly asked myself, “Is this the condition that I feared?”
Of course, for some, it’s a very shallow one. But in my opinion, doing something like this is a very good starting point to teach yourself how to face your fears and ride with it.
Once you overcome a fear, no matter how small, you will feel like a winner. And that’s a magic feeling.
There they are. I hope you all enjoyed it.
For you fitness people, try doing something like this. Try doing 30-day challenges. Try not missing a workout for the next 30 days. Try doing intermittent fasting for 30 days. Try logging your food on myfitnesspal and tracking your calories for the next 30 days. Anything that would challenge you, do it! You will love it and you will thank yourself later.
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