I'm just going to come out and say it.
I like beards.
Though I have never truly tried one out, I think that goatees look pretty dumb on me. But since it is widely known that I have exquisite facial hair, something had to be done. Ergo, a beard. It has now been roughly 4 weeks since I last shaved my face, and the only thing that has prevented a forest fire upon it was a necessary trim.
It may be preposterous to be proclaiming the greatness of beards at such a young age, especially when compared to the wealth of great beards to be found on the old men of the world. In fact, if one were looking for the prime example of a beard they would surely not look to the relatively youthful. I estimate the ratio of bearded men is roughly 10:1, old men to young. Nonetheless, I feel that those of us with the ability to grow effective beards while young, should1. Furthermore, you only need look as far as many of the greatest men in the history of the world to see some beards. Abraham Lincoln, bearded. John Lennon and Paul McCartney2, sported beards at one time or another. And of course, Jesus was likely bearded. Needless to say, that's a pretty prestigious list based solely on facial hair growth.
As for my personal reasons for keeping my beard, I've gotten mostly positive reviews. Plus I like it a lot. It has been called sweet, awesome, and sexy. And if you're looking for compliments you can't really do better than those three. So that being said, the beard is sticking around for a little while.
- Of my friends, I assume the following can grow substantial beards: Joe Reischl, Pat Murphy, Bryan Acevedo.
- George Harrison and Ringo Starr also had beards periodically, but they don't have as much cultural significance as the big two.