Ever since I started growing facial hair at the age of 7, Iâ€™ve shaved every 2-3 days. Iâ€™ve never had any significant facial hair in my life, but that’s not because of my inability to do so. In fact, if I hold my breath my mustache and beard will grow at an average rate of .01 mm/sec. But now, 2018 is here and itâ€™s time to get out of my comfort zone.
Five years ago, I did a comfort zone experiment of going one month without a haircut. It was very uncomfortable to me, but it helped me to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. The thing about being out of your comfort zone is that youâ€™re forced to make a moveâ€” you can either move forward to overcome the discomfort, or move back into your comfort zone. For me, I am starting my year by putting myself into unfamiliar territories so I can adapt and grow. The first unfamiliar place that Iâ€™m going to is my beard.
Iâ€™m doing a repeat of my comfort zone experiment, except this time I am going to grow a beard. I have no idea what I look like with a beard, but as of today it has been about seven days since my last shave and, from the looks of things, Iâ€™ll achieve â€œSanta Clausâ€ levels of facial hair growth by next weekend.
The worst part of all of this is that I just realized that Iâ€™VE GOT GREY HAIRS IN MY BEARD. WHAT IS LIFE?! Iâ€™VE NEVER FELT SO OLD IN MY LIFE. Iâ€™M UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THISâ€¦but I guess thatâ€™s the point.
2018 is a new year, but for me it’ll bring a new beard.