So I have had a beard on some level since my early twenties. Whether it be a full beard or just your standard issue goatee. However, a disturbing thing has happened over the last few years. I have noticed more and more grey hairs making their way into my beard. It is a strange thing as I have relatively few grey hairs on my head. I was complaining to my wife about this and she suggested that i just shave it off. When she first suggested it I was totally against it. I have had facial hair for over a decade now and the thought of being completely clean didn't sit well.
In my mid-late teens I used to shave my head about once per week. When I got a job at the Bay working part time i figured that customers would not want to buy shoes from a high school kid. So i grew out my hair a little bit and started maintaining a beard with the goal being to look a little older. Now that I AM older, the concept of looking older is pretty low on my list of priorities.
Anyways the point of all this is that I decided to shave my beard. Outside of 2 days worth of stubble i am now clean shaven. To be honest their are time when I almost don't recognize myself in the mirror. But I will get used to it eventually. My mother inlaw thinks it made me look 10 years younger. It will be interesting to see if anyone at work notices the change.