Beards are a deeply personal thing — at least in my opinion.
Growing them, liking them. Grooming them. Loving those who wear them. (Funny, that last one is where the idea of it being “personal” comes in to consideration most… how to make that “personal” thing an outward-facing embrace that is equal parts encompassing, accessible and pleasing to another who chose not to — or simply can’t — grow a beard themselves.)
You get the idea. But at the moment, I do want to stress the word deeply. Yes it is a personal thing, much like anything else one chooses. Who would argue that a choice — especially regarding the growth of facial hair — is not personal on some level? Making this matter more difficult is the chatter around the idea of its trend. You see, trends tend to force someone to incline to one side or another. I reserve my scathing remarks for other things than commenting on trends. Does one fight the urge to give in to a trend? Sure; I can’t argue with that. It’s sound advice, actually.
But is the Beard really over? Is it here to stay? Was it ever ‘here’ in the first place? Should we start dangling random objects from them? The endless line of questions that has — especially of late — come to serve as fodder for clickbait than great content. (I never even thought to check if a clickbait generator even existed.) Do any of those questions really matter? It’s obvious, really. But I digress. Not to mention, it’s none of anyone’s business. Remember, the beard is a deeply personal thing. As long as you have a shred of authenticity about you, things should be okay. (Hint: find and cultivate that authenticity.)
Hindsight is 20/20. But is that really the soundbite here? Is that what we’re going to say about beards, that we’re “glad it’s over” or we should have known better? I don’t know if that will ever be true. At least not for me. Maybe we do often use hindsight as a scapegoat. It’s a fact that might not sit easily, nor is it one we have time to discuss right now. (Let’s have a drink sometime and chat about it.) For now, just relax, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Oh. And groom that beard.