World Beard Day

Yes, that’s my beard in the photo.

The first Saturday of September is World Beard Day. The description on WBD website is humorous to say the least. As a member of bearded community, this is the first time I’ve heard about this international holiday. I’ve grown a beard for many years. I prefer how my face looks with one versus cleanshaven. In recent years beards and manbuns have become trendy. But I remember a time when beards where no so popular. People still had then but it wasn’t trendy. I had facial of some kind since I was about 14. I had a full beard by 16 and it looked nice and thick by 18. 

Fast forward to 2014 when beards became trendy. Everyone accused me of trying to be hip by having a beard. Never mind that I had grown a beard for the last ten years. I like to tell people I had a beard before it was cool. I do think everyone should try growing a beard once in their life. Try different versions as they are so many. More often than not I keep my trimmed short. I may grow it slightly longer by fractions of an inch. But I’ve never had the ZZ Top beard. As I write this, I realize I need to trim my beard again.

Face masks have made me lazier with beard grooming as most people never see it. That is the only negative thing I have to say about face masks. If you partake in the bearded-ness, share some photos. It can be a fake beard. I don’t care. As long as it’s not a glitter beard. This is a glitter beard free zone.

Here’s a link to a poem I posted a few weeks ago about my beard.
I Grew a Beard Before it was Cool

Tuesday Poetry: I Grew a Beard Before it Was Cool

Once I was able, I grew out my beard
I had a full beard when I was 18
I tried goatees and mustaches
But I felt most comfortable with a beard
Always trimmed, never the hipster mountain man
I am the guy with the beard and the glasses
Around 2014, beards came back into fashion
Now almost every guy has a long, gross beard
I still keep mine trimmed
Everyone says I have a beard because it’s popular
I’ll still have a beard when it’s not fashionable
My beard will keep growing after I’m dead

From the poetry collection Cats, Coffee, Catharsis.