As Movember draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the magnificent Mustache journey we’ve embarked upon. From the humble beginnings of a few bristles to a splendid ‘stache, it’s been a wild 30-day adventure, with my facial hair potentially rivalling that of some iconic figures. And speaking of partings, let’s not forget the other November challenge—No Nut November. Let’s just say, I’m rather excited about what December brings!
But let’s brush aside the humour for a moment. This hairy endeavour carries a weighty message. It’s perfectly fine to not be okay. The real issue is inaction. This Mustache, more than being a quirky accessory, symbolises the silent battles many of us face.
What A Year!
This year has been a whirlwind of changes for me. I took the leap into a new job, moved homes twice – first to a more modest abode and then finally settling in Sutton Courtney with my partner. It’s been a real change of scenery, from the familiar buzz of London to the charms of the countryside. My journey hasn’t been straightforward. After a decade in the British Army, transitioning to civilian life has been quite the challenge, filled with its own battles.
On the health front, it’s been a tough ride too. Dealing with H Pylori and diverticulitis brought its share of pain and disruptions, affecting not just my physical well-being but also my mental state. These experiences, however trying, have lent an even deeper meaning to this Movember.
I’ve come to understand profoundly that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, but a hallmark of true strength. It’s about embracing self-love, prioritising self-care, and always being open to finding someone to talk to. Remember, my door (and ears) are always open for a chat, especially if you feel like you’re not being heard.
Part Of The Planet Tribe
Joining Planet IT in June, I found more than a team; I found a tribe. Your acceptance and warmth have made this place feel like home. It’s astonishing how time has flown, bringing us close to Christmas already. Our journey together has been remarkable, filled with meaningful conversations and shared moments. It’s in understanding our differences and celebrating our similarities that our bonds have strengthened.
A heartfelt thank you to each one of you for your unwavering support, kindness, and the invaluable time you’ve dedicated to listening. Together, we’ve not only grown Mustaches but also fostered an environment of open dialogue and mutual support.
As we bid farewell to our Mustaches (much to the relief of our partners, no doubt), let’s not lose sight of the significance of what we’ve achieved. Our hope is that this endeavour inspires others to speak out, take a step forward, and seek the help they might need.
A toast to all of you, my fellow Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. Let’s continue these conversations, with or without the Mustache, and remember the power of a positive mindset, the strength in vulnerability, and the impact of our collective support.