It’s thin on the sides and has a blank area the size of a golf ball just left of my chin. I can grow a good goatee and great moustache, but my beard sides ain’t much. Apparently there isn’t enough protein left after the thick hair on my legs gets done with my blood stream.
It looks a LOT better in the photo than it did in real life.
Over the years since I grew my handlebar moustache I have run into a handful of men who just can’t grow a moustache. They envied me. My mo grows out pretty nice. Then, about a year ago I decided to give my beard a try. I had never had much faith in it. The hairs seemed a bit far apart. So I let it grow for six or seven months. by June 2014 it had reached about three or four inches on my chin, and yes, the sides were as thin as I had feared. I went through those few months hoping it would fill in, and wondering if hair transplants were affordable. They aren’t. One place if Vegas where I live charges a minimum of $4000 for ‘basic beard restoration’, not counting the $100 consultation fee.
I envied men who grew nice, thick, dark beards. I jonesed on web sites like betterwithbeard and others. I hunted Tumblr for beard web sites and found too many. Pinterest. Instagram. I yearned.
Well, I gave it a shot. I had a ‘beard’ for a little while, and June 1 I cut it down to a short goatee and my moustache. I look fine.
And one day while meditating it came to me. I don’t need a beard, or even a moustache. Yes, they are fun and can have a great effect, but who I am inside as a person is what will come across in any interaction. So, confidence and self-respect, respect for others and such aspects of good character will be my beard. Confidence makes a man or anyone look better. It’s like magic.