Monday, April 29, 2013

Y.....is for Youthfulness

Youth is something that us humans have coveted for centuries. We've searched for miracles, magic and medicine to trap youth and have it bend to our will. Plastic surgeons are made astronomically rich by people who continue to have procedures done so they can look decades younger than they really are.

The cosmetic industry makes billions upon billions of dollars by tempting us to use creams and lotions that guarantee radical changes without going under the knife.

When we were young, we dreamed of being older. We didn't realize that to age isn't always pretty in the eyes of society. The aging process includes wrinkles, thinning and gray hair, changing eyesight and a mind that isn't quite as sharp.  No wonder we've searched for the secret to being forever young.

But, it's not going to happen.  Oh some may get to look younger, but the rest of our body is aging.....some slower than others, but aging nonetheless. Personally, I think each wrinkle on a very elderly person is beautiful in its own way. Each one tells a story. Hiding or eliminating my own wrinkles with surgery doesn't interest me.....but being able to get around without aches and pains certainly does!

I will have to admit that I have wished for the same bounce in my step that I had in my 30's many times. I could get so much more accomplished!!!  But I'm also a realist. I can't afford plastic surgery or even Botox. I do good to use some stuff on my face that I think helps. Because....my skin is now a lot drier than it was way back so many years ago.....when I was wishing so hard to be older so I could do just what I wanted to do.

HA!


4 comments:

Mary said...

Ahh youth! I really am trying to be comfortable at the age that I am, but lately I have been finding my self thinking about my younger years. I have got to stop looking backwards and start really honestly looking forward. I am battling it a bit, oh well, no botox or facelifts for me either.

Peruby said...

I am with you on the aches and pains. Owie. And the skin is very dry. Here I was thinking it was my medication. LOL!

forsythia said...

Skin not so dry here. I used to think that I'd stop with the breakouts when I got older. I once asked our dermatologist, "How old is your oldest acne patient?' He said "Mid-50's." Well, I'm setting a new record. I'm not saying I still need the services of a dermatologist for acne, I'm just saying I still have breakouts. NOT FAIR!

Josie Two Shoes said...

The appearance of youth is overrated I think, age has beauty all it's own, a softer, gentler look. But the energy of youth, now that I truly miss! I can't accomplish 1/2 of what I did twenty years ago and I feel tired more often than I don't. The aches and pains that strike after 40 and continue to multiply, they annoy me because they limit what I can do without suffering the next day. But it is what it is, and I'm going to age with grace and dignity... no plastic, no spray tan, no dressing like a teen! :-))