I have had a beard continuously for the last 7 or 8 years. I love it. My fiancé likes it too, which makes me very happy, and very lucky. She has been very supportive of my beard growth, but she does have some restrictions for me – it can’t be too long and I need to keep my mustache out of my mouth. That’s usually easy enough.
I’ve never really paid much attention to the growing process, though. I don’t know if I’m willing to shave it off completely to give it more attention, but I did recently trim it down quite a bit. I needed a reset. I had over trimmed it a couple of times over the course of growing my beard last year and had spent most of the time just trying to get it back to where it should be.
This year, however, will be different. February 1st became kind of a random day. I hadn’t planned on trimming my beard except to clean it up around the edges. Then, I pulled out the trimmers and cut it down to 1 inch – which for me is about one and a half month’s of growth – my hair grows really fast.
I want to document the process of regrowing my beard. Keeping this record will keep me in line (RE: keep me from trimming it too much). It will also be a document that I will be able to look back at to watch the changes I go through and give me a small way to see myself as others do. It will be a sort of long-term study of myself. It will also help serve as a place for me to think about what it means to be a man and what a beard signifies.
So here’s the start. My goal is to post a photo each day for the next 12-ish months as a way to pay more attention to my beard and myself, something I don’t do nearly enough. So, without much further ado: