I’m at a crossroads. And no, I’m not referring to the 2002 Britney Spears movie, although, frankly, I understand why that might be the first thing you go to. But I’m at a real-life, hard-hitting, dramatic crossroads.
I really want a mustache. Let’s back it up like a dump truck.
In my freshman year, I did No Shave November, a.k.a. Beard-Gate, where the day after Halloween, deep in a hangover, I stopped shaving. For the first week, I just felt sweaty—big surprise—and greasy. For week two, I felt like I had ants crawling under my skin. For week three—Thanksgiving—my family threw serious shade at my beard. My sister screamed. For week four, I was sort of living for it.
After November ended, I decided to shave. Obviously I played around with different beard styles in between the various stages; like when will I ever have muttonchops again? But when I got down to the mustache, I decided to keep it for a day. I named it, but I no longer remember its name.
Arnold. His name was Arnold.
And for one glorious day—December 1st—I walked around with a mustache and not a care in the world. Until I realized that people’s eyes lingered on my upper lip for 0.02 seconds more than usual and I shaved it off at the end of the day. Also that semester I had a professor who had a mustache, and when I went into class that day, we shared a look and I couldn’t tell if he thought I was mocking him or honoring him.
But now I kind of want to grow a mustache again. But here are the dilemmas, listed out in a neat list for your consumption pleasure:
THE LIST I MENTIONED FROM BEFORE:
- I don’t feel like looking like a pedophile—a stereotype, I know, but one I feel like a lot of people aren’t contesting because, again, pedophiles.
- It’s really awkward to have a hairy lip for two weeks before it becomes full enough to be a mustache.
- I’m in London, and I don’t feel like looking back on my photos and cringing when I look like I’m at Woodstock.
- Fear of mortality: this isn’t related to mustaches. It’s just a dilemma I have.
- I feel like I don’t actually know if I pull it off or not.
Luckily—unluckily—I have a picture of me and Arnold in our heyday.
I think it suits me. I was going to show a picture of me with the full beard, but the pictures I found were kind of creepy, although my jawline looks incredible. Truly.
I’m also inspired by Dillon from 1Girl5Gays, which is in the top ten of my favorite shows. It’s a Canadian question-and-answer show with a rotating panel of twenty gay guys and a female host, who was from Degrassi. She knew Drake, you guys. Anyway, Dillon is really hot and he had a mustache and it werked. But then again, I don’t know if I enjoyed the mustache or was just in love with Dillon. Very up in the air.
Side bar, 1Girl5Gays is also responsible for one of my all time favorite gifs.
Maybe I’ll wait until spring semester, when I’m not being constantly bombarded by European paparazzi. Although—hair flip—when I arrive back in Boston, I’m expecting it to pretty much be a media frenzy. Just the life of a pop star.
But seriously guys, will I look like a ‘70s gay porn star?
Also, side bar, I don’t know if that’s technically a bad thing. It’s just not entirely my ~aesthetic~.
Further side bar, mustache or moustache?