Movember and Sons

Dad – Ian

Son – Si

Even though we are thousands of miles apart, me and my dad both share something special this November.

We are both working towards the same goal, raising awareness and funds for mens health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer and depression.

Over the past two years, Movember has paid homage to the Modern Gentleman and Country Gentleman, exploring his appreciation and penchant for luxury items, etiquette, craftsmanship, pride and honor.

In 2012, we are getting down to the raw hard truths of the past two years and taking a look, quite simply, at what it means to be a better man. 2012 is the year of Movember & Sons.

Knowledge shared from one generation to the next and wisdom passed down by one’s dad or father figure, plays a meaningful role in shaping who we become. This learning continues throughout life, but also reaches a point at which the exchange is reversed and insight is passed back up the chain.

The collective knowledge of generations gives us great power to avoid mistakes of the past, plan thoughtfully for the future and to become the best version of one’s self.

This Movember, men are encouraged to seek and share knowledge and wisdom with loved ones, to learn their family health history and predispositions and to understand the risks they face. These simple actions can have a significant impact of the quality and longevity of your journey through this life.

During this Movember I have learnt that my uncle had testicular cancer and that my granddad had prostate cancer. This is part of what is driving me this month. The power of communication is so important, so talk to your fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sons and uncles and have honest conversations about mens physical health. Reach out to friends, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sons and uncles and let them know that you are there to talk on the good days and the bad. Lets protect the health and happiness of all the men in our lives that we love.

For more information about testicular cancer, prostate cancer and depression click here