As you pass through life, many things define the man you are and the man you become. Having children, buying a house, moving in with a partner, changing jobs. All of these shape you as a man, and changes who we are on some level.
Now it might seem silly to group having a beard into this category, but if you think about it, growing a beard is much more than simply letting hair appear on your face. It goes much deeper than that and more change comes from growing a beard than most would surely ever let on. This encompasses changes in grooming and style, sure, but it’s also a change in daily behavior, a change in the way you approach life, and the way that you focus your time.
We could probably write a list of one hundred ways that having a beard changes you, but we prefer efficiency and focus, just like we do when grooming our beards. Rather than looking at all the ways having a beard changes you as a man, let’s take a look at five of the biggest ways.
5. HAVING A BEARD MAKES YOU MORE PATIENT
We know you can’t grow a beard in a day, and it's been discussed plenty of times and we continue to preach that to men everywhere as more recent beard growers become frustrated with their lack of growth. Beards take time and that time requires patience. As having a beard becomes an increasingly defining part of your life, that patience inevitably leans over into other aspects of your day to day life. You’ll find yourself becoming more relaxed and chill in stressful situations as having a beard mellows many and allows them to slow down and acknowledge that many of the best things in life take time. Just like a beard itself, those who are patient shall be rewarded.
Rome wasn't built in a day, and the most awesome beards ever weren't either.
4. HAVING A BEARD AGES YOU
Maybe "ages you" isn't a very flattering description. But, even those with the most boyish faces can suddenly look decades older with the addition of facial hair. Once dimples, chins, and jaw lines become enveloped by hair, it becomes increasingly difficult for onlookers to determine how old you really are, but more often than not, others assume you’re older than you might actually be once you’ve successfully grown out your beard. Aside from the obvious aesthetic aging, growing out a beard helps you mature and makes you come to terms with your increased age and what having a beard represents to onlookers. Plus for some, it took a few years to grow anything worthy of being called a beard.
3. HAVING A BEARD CHANGES HOW YOU’RE PERCEIVED BY OTHERS
Even Captain Kirk grew a beard.
As many have noticed in movies and television, the wisest male characters almost always seem to have beards. Wizards, Jedi, generals, and the like from all sorts of different genres rock beards as signs of experience, maturation, and as a not subtle way of telling others, “I’ve seen some shit in my day, man.” Although we don’t expect that you’ll be taking Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter under your wing anytime soon, having a beard does change the way others view you as they may impart an unfound wisdom or maturity on your behalf. Men with beards automatically look as though they can handle themselves in tricky situations. Vikings and bikers look so much more able to handle whatever life throws at them, when compared to beardless wonders.
How much of that is simply aesthetics vs. something deeper, an actual change in the way we view ourselves once we’ve successfully grown a beard? Let’s take a look.
2. HAVING A BEARD IMPROVES YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE
Some guys sadly can simply not grow facial hair and guess what? That’s fine. Although we fully support an increasing number of men putting down the razor and letting their beards run wild, we know that it’s not for everyone and we support those guys in their decision to live the completely shaved life. However, if you ask most of those guys about other guys’ abilities to grow beards, they’ll usually answer that they might not wish they had a beard, but they do wish they could choose to have one if they so desired. Some may be embarrassed that they cannot grow more than a scruff, so the response may not be totally as described. Jealousy applies to beard envy as well.
For those of us with beards, the ability to have one if we want is empowering and helps us build our self-confidence through that ability to decide on our own terms. Choice is power and power helps form confidence, simple as that.
1. HAVING A BEARD EMPOWERS YOU
Beards make you feel manly. Beard allow you to hide flaws. Beards allow us to become truer versions of ourselves. Each of these is a truth that sits with every bearded man in some shape, way, or form, along with a whole slew of others that vary from man to man. Growing a beard makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something that your father and grandfather before him have done as well. Whether it’s genetics or something even deeper inside our psyches, once each of us has successfully grown a beard, we feel empowered to take on the more chaotic aspects of our day to day lives. As men with beards, we hope that this empowered feeling brings more good into the world, but that’s a decision that each of us must make on our own. Choose wisely. Use your power over others with caution.
Finally, with this immense beard you have cultivated, you need to take responsibility over more than just your new and powerful aura. You need to take responsibility for your own health. The icky and embarrassing to discuss stuff.
You need to Know Thy Nuts.
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