Mustache Weekend

Whether we conform to them or rebel against them we’re all, in some ways, defined by our commitments. Family, work, and rent are some of the basic ones, but there are millions. Generally people think of commitments defining them in a negative way, living for the weekend, being tied to a horrible mortgage or job.

But, commitment can also be a source of success pride and fulfillment. Think of your greatest accomplishments, would they have been possible without what you have committed to? It is hard to adjust to unemployment, retirement, or single life, not only because we miss some financial support or companionship, but also because we are partly defined by what it is we commit to.

I am enthusiastic about the idea of identity and the notion that who you are should be fluid. But some responsibilities limit the expression of identity. There are some clothes that are not appropriate for jobs. Some attitudes that are unhelpful in the presence of family. We hMustacheave to in conforming to any responsibility suppress some part of ourselves, and its only natural that we should look for a healthy opportunity to let that out. It was with this in mind that I embarked upon a mustache weekend.

I wouldn’t wear a mustache to an interview. I am no mustache man. My uncle Chris might be, I am not. But, for a break on a weekend its nice to look different, to be different then the person you are most of the time. It’s not dishonest it’s a break and a new approach, I enjoyed it.

But, tomorrow I’ll be happy to be clean shaven again.

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6 Responses to “Mustache Weekend”
  1. Colleen says:

    You idea of fluid identity suggests you’d prefer experimenting with hair than skin. We won’t expect to see you in a tattoo parlor anytime soon.

    • Casey says:

      It’s rare that I see a tattoo that I really love. I like the idea in premise, but I think it is rare that I like tattoos in there execution.

      That said, changes can be fluid or they can be forever. It’s good not to draw too many lines in the sand, but sometimes a clean break or a forever type change. Some identity changes are supposed to be forever. But just like marriages I think a little bit more than half of all tattoos don’t come out.

  2. CharlesHo says:

    Part of what defines me I guess is a streak of cantankerousness, I’d wear the mustache in to work, just to see if anyone said anything. I’ve actually strolled in with 5 days worth of stubble before just to see if anyone would say anything. ;)

    • Casey says:

      Oh yeah! There is definitely a place in my heart for aggressive looks.

      A good mohawk is a beautiful thing.

  3. I’m going to say to you the same thing that your mother should say, “CASEY, WHAT IS THAT STUFF ON YOUR FACE?!”

    Just kidding. I’m in the army and we have to be clean shaven every day and some days I forget to shave and nobody notices. I can’t grow facial hair at all. That’s alright. It’s just that much less I have to maintain.

    • Casey says:

      You got that right. I wanted facial hair my whole life till I got it. Now it is more often a pain than a canvas but I have fun with it.

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