It has given me a new respect for myself.
It is also funny because I am lazy and keeping it is the path of least resistance.
I like the way it looks and feels.
It took longer for family and friends to be on board with it with moments of encouraging me to shave for family events or holidays , but they too came around.
Running, swimming, and climbing have helped me to see the strength and resilience in my body and to love it for what it is.