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I have had a shaved head for around 14 years now.

Only once in that time has the most basic hairstyle known to man went drastically wrong.

I was shaving my head late at night before catching an overnight coach to London around eight years ago with a wireless shaver.

Wireless shavers get slower and slower as their batteries wear down until they stop working and need a charge. They usually give you a fair bit of warning before they stop working.

That evening, mine didn't. It stopped within seconds of slowing.

“No problem, I'll just plug it in,” I thought.

The charger was broken.

And I had an unfinished shaven head that strongly resembled the Chinese ying-yang symbol.

 

With no possible solution before the next day, I travelled wearing a hoodie to London hoping to get my hair finished first thing next day.

My friend Simon kept me from doing so until around 3pm.

Funny.

 

When shavers become tired, they have no option but to slow down. They operate in the same way they always do. They don't become erratic and start to take chunks out of your scalp.

 

People are a bit like shavers. And a bit not like shavers too.

We tire. We slow.

And we also have a degree of choice that a shaver doesn't have.

We can choose to tap into reserve energy.

 

This can be of great use at times. When we used to have to run away from more dangerous animals than geese at the duck pond on a more regular basis, that reserve energy could save our lives.

It's still really useful now too.

 

But this reserve energy comes at a cost:

we go into a more erratic, unsafe mode of action.

 

Our movements become very distorted, ridden with compensations and potentially injurious for us.

Register this thought carefully:

 

It is not fatigue that makes us more likely to injure ourselves.

It is ignoring or overriding or fatigue signals that makes us more likely to injure ourselves.

 

Sometimes, it's a good thing to just let your actions slow at the rate your battery drains. Even if it means you athletically produce a performance equivalent to my half-shaved head.

 

 

Arton “Ying-yang Head” Baleci

 

P.S. if you're into running and would like to run better, take off your hairy sunglasses and keep your eyes peeled for an event I'll be advertising over the next few days.