But over the years our small group of four has branched out to as many as 30-40 people.
Im not sure why we do this each year, does it help with fundraising, maybe marginally, but its more about the experience, there is just something not altogether stable about deciding to hurl yourself into the Atlantic ocean at the end of November. To stand on the cold sand, some years, surrounded by snow, to set up your towels, jackets and clothes so that you have quick and easy access to get changed as your hands and feet struggle to keep working. It is about the story you get to tell to your friends and family when they ask you what you did on the weekend and the enjoyment of horror on their faces when hear about your mini adventure. So I guess in a way it is the essence of Movember. It is the reminder that you are alive, that sometimes you have to try something silly, to push yourself out of your comfort zone, because you only get one kick at the can, and for some that can, can seem very far away, or there are alot of obstacles in the way, and that the realization that they may never get to kick it themselves.
For me it is a reminder to try and live each day out loud, that making healthier decisions will keep me around longer ( hypocritical I know with the cigar smoking) that if I try a little, or more that I can bring awareness and support to keep others around a little longer too.
Happy Movember everyone!
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan