Month: May 2019

10 Reasons to Stop Shaving Your Legs

1. A lot of time is wasted shaving your legs.

Let’s say you start shaving when you’re 13 and stop when you are 65. If you shave twice a week for fifteen minutes at a time, you will spend 81,120 minutes or 1352 hours shaving. That’s a little over 56 days of shaving. Personally for myself, when I shave, it takes anywhere from 20-45 minutes to shave my legs depending on how long the hair is and whether I’m using a regular razor in the shower or an electric shaver. And some people shave more than twice a week to maintain smooth legs. Aren’t there many other better things to do with your time than waste it on shaving? Shaving your legs just seems like such a boring option.

2. It grows back quickly into stubble.

After all that time that you spend on shaving, it’s just going to grow back anyway. There’s the dreaded stubble. And it’s pricklier than if you just left your legs alone in the first place. So much for smooth legs.

3. It costs money.

Let’s say you get a 6-pack refill of Gilette for $18 and you go through a razor every three weeks. That’s approximately $295 a year that you spend replacing razors. If you shave from the age of 13 all the way up to the age of 65, that’s $15,340 that you’re spending on razors. Aren’t there a whole lot of other better things to be spending your money on?

4. Razor burn.

What’s worse than that itchy prickly feeling you get after you shave? First, you’re punished to spend your time shaving. Then, you’re punished for having smooth legs. It’s a curse.

5. Nicks and cuts.

I have yet to find someone who doesn’t deal with nicks and cuts while shaving. You could be as careful as possible, but the cuts can still occur. You are dealing with sharp pieces of metal after all. Cuts are bound to happen. Even if you don’t see any cuts or nicks, there are actually micro-tears that could happen to your skin, which leads me to my next point.

6. Infections.

When you get micro-tears or even regular cuts and nicks on your skin from shaving, you’re prone to all sorts of infection. Your legs become a breeding ground for bad germs. Nothing sexier than infection-swarmed legs, smooth to the touch, am I right? 😛

7. Impressing the wrong people.

If you shave because of societal pressure to do so, then you’re doing it wrong. You shouldn’t have to shave just to impress people. You should be able to be yourself, regardless of whether you shave or not. It’s a case of those who care don’t matter and those who matter don’t care. Besides, it’s actually a lot easier once you stop caring about what other people think and are just yourself, hair and all. Let headaches about constantly having smooth legs and more time to enjoy whatever it is you’re doing.

8. Warmth in the winter.

The least you could do is stop shaving in the winter. That’s when your hair can keep you warm. It’s extra insulation to your pants or stockings. Why de-fuzz all that extra warmth away?

9. Fake sense of self-confidence.

Lots of women reporting feeling higher levels of self-confidence after they shave, but it’s just a fake boost. If you were really self-confident, it wouldn’t matter whether there is hair on your legs or not. Real self-confidence comes from accepting yourself as who you are, not as this polished version of yourself that you project to the world as being. Ditch the razor and learn to embrace yourself, hair and all.

10. Men don’t bother, so why should women?

Men have learned to embrace their natural hair without being subject to bullying and all. Why should women be any different? And who decided that hair was masculine if it isn’t on the top of your head? Hair grows everywhere for everyone. Yes, women grow hair on their legs, their backs, their arms, their armpits, even their bellies and their chests. Oh, and let’s not forget their mustaches, chins, and their cheeks. Hair can grow anywhere on the body for both men and women. It’s time that we stop ridiculing women for growing hair in places that are natural to grow hair in, and time that we start accepting and loving each other for our natural selves.

So what do you say? Is it time that you’re going to ditch your razor?

Retiring In Your 20s

I’ve been trying to pursue passive income or creating my own business for a few years now. I guess in a sense you can say that I’ve retired from the workforce early because I don’t grind a typical 9-5 job like most people. But what is it like, retiring in your 20s? How do you spend your time when you’re not working all day?

For many people, retiring early seems like a dream. You can soak up the sun at the beach and head out on adventurous road trips. But when you’re done lounging around doing nothing, what do you really do with your time? Especially if you’re used to studying or working all the time, what do you do with all those extra hours?

For me, I honestly don’t know what to do with all the extra time I’ve accumulated. Sometimes, I drift off in space and just get into a meditative state. I’ve thought long and hard about what I’d like to do with all these extra hours, and I just can’t seem to come up with anything. I’ve even consider *gasp* getting a job just to spend my time. I’ve tried to come up with ways to contribute to society in large meaningful ways and have drawn a blank. I thought with all this extra time that I’d come up with some creative solution, but I’ve got nothing to be honest.

I used to have hobbies to keep me occupied, but I’ve grown bored of some of these hobbies. Even hobbies that used to excite me to get out of bed in the morning have become quite dull. For example, I enjoy a little singing, but recording a full-length song can get boring fast. I don’t enjoy it as much.

I think most people would just say to get a job at this point, but it makes me really question the meaning. of life. There was a time when jobs did not exist, believe it or not. And people were free to do whatever they wanted. I wonder how people spent their time then.

I’ve thought about reading books and blogging, but when it comes to blogging, I can’t always get a post out. Sometimes, I’m dry out of ideas. And as for reading, I get bored of books fairly quickly. I prefer to read articles, but those are short and don’t fill the time as much.

So with all that, I decided to at least dabble into passive income again. Blogging is a good start into that. I can get my thoughts out and share with the world, earning a little through ad revenue along the way. I could look to share my expertise with people through digital products such as e-courses.

I think maybe I should look into joining some sort of community, maybe one on passive income. But my anti-social ways creep in. I’m social from time to time, but I haven’t been as social as I could be lately. It seems like everything takes effort these days. I wish I was back to the days when I was passionate about everything I was doing. Even something as mundane as shaving could be seen as enjoyable. But now, many things seem boring.

What would you do if you retired in your 20s? I imagine most people would say they would go traveling or they would take up a hobby such as learning the piano. I guess that’s something I can do again. I do dabble on the keyboard here and there. Maybe it is something that I could pursue.

Someone I know said that it’s not good to have all the free time in the world. I wonder if I agree with this statement. On the one hand, for example if you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, you have house chores and errands that keep you busy. Or when you’re a student, you have classes and homework. But when you’re retired, all you have to do is maybe manage your finances and make sure that you’re eating and possibly taking medicine or vitamins and taking showers. And then, you have a whole lot of time to kill.

I used to think of work as play. Before, I used to spend hours perfecting the recording of a song or drafting a nice eBook. Nowadays, I’ve lost my passion for these things. Has that ever happened to you, where you used to be so passionate about certain tasks but now you can’t seem to make yourself do those tasks anymore? It’s the same with me and cleaning. I used to obsess over cleaning, and now I can’t even be bothered. On the one hand, some may say I’m depressed, but on the other hand, I think I’m just bored. I wonder what I can do to get out of this bored state. It’s times like these that I sometimes think that retiring in your 20s in overrated.