If you look up the word Ageing you will see it defined as the accumulation of changes in a person over time. Ageing in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. Some dimensions of ageing grow and expand over time, while others decline.
A truer statement you will not find, some dimensions grow and expand… that would be Butt, waist tummy, while others decline most likely referring to boobs, chins and jiggly arms.
On a serious note many of those aspects we can work on and control but there are others we cannot and those are the ones that can defeat us if we are not careful. We can go to the gym and tighten the jiggles although that becomes much harder during menopause.
As the years go by, I am not afraid of getting older, actually as the years go by I find myself more comfortable in my skin ( or most of it). It is true, I do not mind getting OLD but I do mind my neck getting OLD. What the heck…. is this like god’s cruel punishment for giving Adam the apple. You know I can diet and exercise, I can wear spanx if necessary but unless I wish to wear a scarf or turtleneck everyday I cannot hide the neck.
Age is Just a Number
I expected a bit of aging, I mean I am 55 but I did not expect certain things to change so quickly. True confession I did enjoy the sun in my youth but I never got deep dark tan nor did I burn a lot. For heavens sake I have been using self tanners since QT was created ( and that is a few years ago).
I have always taken care with my face and neck, wearing lotion since my early teens so why then do I feel like I have a terrible chicken neck already. When I look in the mirror and what do I see? Check out the neck area, the symbolic two old lady lines, the bit of crepey skin. Where did the young chick go, I still see her in my head but the mirror is oh so cruel at times.
And lets not even mention the saggy chin and the lines around the lips. There are days when we look in the mirror and all we see are the flaws.
When Age really is Just a Number
Then every so often we catch the good glimpse and we don’t see the lines and the sags and the wrinkles, we see all that is good, we focus on the pieces that remind us we are only as old as we feel.
Wikipedia then goes on to state: Ageing is an important part of all human societies reflecting the biological changes that occur, but also reflecting cultural and societal conventions
Men vs Women in Ageing
What the world and the experts don’t say is we are all going to age, and we should gain knowledge, respect and hopefully greater happiness. But and it’s a large but, we meaning the females, will do it while suffering the indignities of menopause and our male partners will do it by growing into their grey hair and wrinkles and becoming distinguished.
We are called the Bags and hags and they are Gentlemen Jim’s.
A woman gets wrinkles and the media is all over it, look at her ( and I swear they wait for the most uncomplimentary pose and snap there goes the brightest flash they have)
A guy gets wrinkles and they are considered laugh lines, marks of distinction.
Society and Age
I know society has started getting better, we are seeing great actresses still getting great roles over 50 but that is a recent development. We are bombarded with younger and skinnier models every day, how is a 55 year old supposed to feel good when the model used for anti wrinkle cream is under 20, come’on ad exec’utives we are not stupid, Old yes, stupid NO. To my original question is age just a number? Sometimes
Let’s leave you with one thought, there are days when we are 50+ and the gods are kind. Everything seems to be going in our favour and we look in the mirror and see this and feel really great about where we are
and then the next morning the “B” is back and the aches and pains that we feel. Sometimes this is who I am
Today’s Target Style look in a Kimono
For the rest of today’s fun fashion I am wearing my sort of new Kimono. The one I found at Target this spring. What an amazing little number. Wild Fable is the name and style is the game, my that sounds corny. (Similar Kimono) Works perfectly over the this fun Target Jumpsuit I have owned for years. Giving new life to tired old pieces with a simple switch of a Kimono.
This Spring I went bright and fun today I am going for a Fall feel. For today I added a pair of fun booties from Forever 21. Damn it, how sad is it that F21 has been hit with financial issues and is closing all its Canadian Locations.
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