So it’s November, a month that is genuinely hard to love.
It’s cold, dark and miserable. It’s like December but without Christmas.
Yes there are fireworks, but that’s pretty much it, and they’re all done and dusted before the end of the first week.
Thankfully there are ways to survive November, to help us all to hang on until the bright lights and commercial excesses of December sweep into view.
One way is to grow a moustache. Now clearly this isn’t something everyone can do – there are certain biological limitations at play here. But if you are able to grow a moustache, then November is the time to do it.
The only rule seems to be that you have, rather wittily, got to change the first letter of the month and spend the next 30 days referring to it as Movember. Then you can start growing a moustache at your leisure.
Remember to point it out to everyone, whether they are interested or not. Remind them that not only are you a bit of a ‘character’ for doing this, but you’re also an awesome human being because you’re growing it for charity.
It’s obviously helpful if you can remember what charity it is that you are doing it for – although that doesn’t appear to be the most important aspect of the whole enterprise.
Like every previous ‘Movember’ I’m not going to participate this year, but several times this month people will mistake the facial hair that I acquire due to my usual lethargic approach to shaving as a sign that I fully endorse ‘Movember’.