No Shame November

We’ve all heard of No Shave November – and, as a fan of facial hair, I’m an avid proponent of putting down the razor for 30 days. Plus, who can resist helping out a great cause? Personally though, while I’m not a huge fan of shaving my legs, 30 days is a bit much even for me. (Just don’t ask my boyfriend for confirmation.)

While I was clicking around on the internet, I came across another November trend – it has a similar name, but a completely different spin on taking the 11th month by storm.

Yes, people – No Shame November is upon us.

A quick google brought up some… rather varied perspectives of how exactly No Shame November really ‘works’, but the idea that really caught my attention is to spend a whole month being unashamedly yourself. Get it? No shame?

Okay, I’m done with the cheesy jokes, but hear me out on this one.

We live in a world where we ‘do it for the instagram’ and photoshop everything right down to babies. We (for the most part) are so focused on putting our best face forward and making our lives seem picture perfect. And it’s EXHAUSTING.

img_1370.jpg So, I’m inviting you to join me.

For the next 27 days, let’s focus less on angles and good sides, and focus more on the things that make you laugh – and I mean really laugh, the kind that comes all the way from your toes.

Let’s spend the rest of the month saying the things we need to say, the things we want to say, the things that are weighing on our hearts – without worrying about how it may sound, or what people may think.

Do something that scares us. Do something outside of our comfort zone. Take a risk – any kind of (safe) risk. Don’t trick yourself into feeling you’re not good enough, listen to that voice inside telling you to try something new.

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry.
Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.” — Ernest Hemingway

What keeps you alive? What puts the breath in your lungs, the wind in your sails, the fire in your heart? Find that, and hold on tight. Give it everything you’ve got – let it shake you. Allow yourself to experience love and anger and sorrow and fear and happiness. But most of all, don’t apologize for it.

When December 1st rolls around, maybe we’ll have a new lease on life. Maybe nothing will have changed. What can it hurt to try? To take care of yourself first, be a little selfish, do the things you love? Worship your God, allow yourself to post a “real” photo on Instagram, open up about something that has been on your mind.

It’s important to keep your head on your shoulders and to be conscious about how your actions affect others – but remember that you can’t pour from an empty glass. #NoShameNovember is all about acknowledging what is best for yourself, and doing it – unashamedly. Carpe the hell out of the diem.

But, remember the wise words of John Keating in Dead Poet’s Society:

“Sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.”