Summertime in Iowa is perhaps the worst time that someone should start growing a beard, yet that is exactly what I’m doing. It started out as my way to grow back my goatee (which has been my go-to facial hair for at least a decade now) but has turned into a full-on beard. Thus far, I have not encountered the itchy phase, which has come as a surprise.
I’ve also used my friend Ashley with Downtown Dapper-A Cutting Room (a relatively new barbershop located in downtown Muscatine) to have my aforementioned beard professionally lined up. You see, that’s where this beard would have met its demise; the dreaded self-trimming and lining up. I’m notorious for attempting to trim my facial hair only to have it end in one side being uneven, and the next, you know, I have a babyface.
The biggest surprise is that my wife, Kasey, loves the beard (so far at least). From the moment it started to come in she was a fan.
Personally, it also helps me to hide my double chin (which I’m working on via diet and exercise). I’m also early into the beard-growing process so I’m unsure if this will turn into a permanent look or not.
What I don’t envision is having a beard that would make Billy Gibbons from the band ZZ Top jealous. The look I’m going for is more of the Jason Momoa (Aquaman) style of beard that makes one look “cool.” Let the record state, I am in no way saying that I look like Aquaman but, from a beard standpoint that’s not a bad person to borrow from (plus my wife thinks he’s “hot”).
Another source of beard inspiration would be Ernest Hemingway, who is also, I should mention, from the same hometown as I am, Oak Park, Illinois. If you can’t recall what his beard looked like, do a quick Google search and be prepared to be amazed! Who knows, this new beard could be the one thing that I need to write the Great American Novel, “The Middle-Aged Man and the River.”
My beard definitely has some gray hair in it, which I wear as a badge of honor. Just like the hair on my head, I have noticed an uptick in the amount of gray over the last five years. I suppose that comes with the territory, given I will turn 38-years-old this September. This experience is another in my life that is connected to change. I try to be a person that welcomes trying new things with open arms. Being in the right place, at the right time while also not being afraid to take a leap of faith has led me to where I currently am in life.
Now if you’ll excuse me I need to condition this glorious beard. Until next week, take care my friends and for those that are on the fence I say this, let it grow!