I'm a great guy. I'm smart, I mean well, I work hard, I put effort into my life, and my relationships(Reference: ex gfs). I'm also hilarious.
I'm an idiot(Reference: ex gfs). I've gone months/years without checking in on my health when I should, for everything from chronic migraines, to dislocated limbs. I clean, I cook, I workout, I invest in myself in almost every other way. But, go to the doctors for something that's definitely a problem? Meh, my body will fix it i'm sure, eventually.
American men are terrible with their health, especially at a young age when preventative maintenance is most important and most effective. Physical health and mental health(especially) are largely ignored, considered more of a burden than priority. Physical health has been on an upward trend, though definitely still needs work. Mental health is a huge problem, and still is considered a taboo topic to bring up. Every generation of American men have fewer close friends than the last, and social isolation is almost twice as bad for your health as obesity.
Awareness is the initial stage to action. Though stylish mustaches and beards are great(personally, I think it's a trap by girls who like bearded dudes, I'm now used to having hair on my face) Movember is about pushing for the social awareness of men's health. For me, being a man means being the best possible version of me, and that's impossible if I don't take care of myself. Making the conversations about mental and physical health common is vital. Hopefully,we all can continue to push a cultural shift towards healthier, and happier men.