I recently read about the achievement beard. As I read the article, and saw the mention of well-known people with the A-beard, I wondered, if it was time, I should have one. David Beckham has one, and he is three years younger than me. It’s not that I have never had a beard. It’s just that (all) the women in my life subtly so, never allow it to last more than a month.
Then again, if it is to be an A-beard, we have the Q of achievement. An A-beard is different from a beard. There has to be a sense of achievement. The next Q that arises, what achievement, whose, and how measured? Most of the A-beards in the above-cited article are of famous people. They may be old or they may be young, but, they are famous/popular. Then, is an A-beard a factor of popularity? If it is, then, what’s the audience? When I consider the audience within which I am popular, my audience will bear with me for a month. Max. Then, they will start giving me birthday gifts in advance: shaving creams, razors, and such. Which makes me think, I should become popular amongst people who are not close to me. And I have no way of doing that. Needless to say, I am a great actor, but no director or producer has ever approached me to recognise my talent, which is where all of it breaks down! Yet, I am not without achievements. You don’t go through 40-odd years without doing anything worthwhile.
So, I could easily deserve an achievement beard.
The best part of having a beard, whether A or not, is that you have to do nothing. It’s just patience. And once it grows on you, you just have to curate it, to make it look like an A-beard, if at all. Perhaps, people will look at my A-beard and ask me, what I have achieved in life. I’ll have stories to tell. So, at worst, we’ll have conversations.
I think I’ll let an A-beard to happen.
At least till I am not surrounded by cries to, well, SHAVE!