I started having a beard for about 9 months ago. Before that I only did small experiments and I had quite lame facial hair growth. Not until now when I'm 30 I got to that point that a nice shadow can grow out during three days or so. On top of that I have had girlsfriends in the past that didn't like it, it was uncomfortable for them and I had no real reason to really need a beard, I didn't want it that bad. My latest girlfriend on the other hand wanted to see me in a beard so I got that chance of opportunity to try it out without complaints. A couple weeks ago I had to shave it all of since I did a experimental misstake with the razor. I hardly recognized myself when I was clean shaven and have come to the realization that I like myself in a beard and as a nice bonus my girlsfriend loves it. ^^
The secret to having a bad beard is giving it time.......my Ron Burgundy-esque beard is about to celebrate his 6th birthday.
Whenever I ask my wife if she wants me to shave it off she always says "You would look weird without it at this point".....now THATS a glowing endorsement!
Jokes on her though, I wasn't going to shave it anyway.