How to have peace with the aging process…part 1.
To begin, I am 40, and in the grand scheme of things have a long way to go in this aging process! Ask me again when I’m 80 how I feel, who knows?
Here’s the deal, our society prizes being young and treating wrinkles at 22. It prizes super young celebrities and women who need to look not a day over 28. We see ads all day everyday for face lifts and creams and products that tell us we can stay young forever! If we just do this, and this, and this, we will never age. And you know what? For a bit it will work, because our skin is still young. Unless you do a couple procedures, your skin is going to wrinkle, sag, gravity will drag things down.
NOTHING WILL STOP THIS.
Have you ever seen a 90 year old look like their 20 year old self? The point is, we read magazines all day that talk about celebrities that either age well or not, we pick apart women for actually getting older. We judge them for “letting themselves go.” So naturally, when we start to see signs of getting older, we begin to panic.
Most of our societal role models are really young. I mean, we are sold wrinkle cream by 20 year old models, which is weird.
What if…what if you stop resisting?
I’m not saying don’t care for yourself. I’d probably do Botox if I had a bigger disposable income, but honestly, even that won’t work after awhile. Nature will take care of our physical bodies, we know that. So maybe just aknowledge that is okay. Your self worth isnt tied into the wrinkles by your eyes, okay?
I’m not saying it’s easy, but look around you. Are you following inspiring people your age and older? Are you buying into the societies view that our value is tied to our looks? Are you equating your self worth with what your body and face look like? How do you talk to yourself daily?
Each day we age (if we are lucky), and we wil change a lot in our lifetime. It’s all about perspective.
I am LUCKY to age, to wrinkle, to sag. Are you?