Aging has never freaked me out as it does to many women. I think it is perhaps because I have had the good fortune of many relatives that have lived to be in their upper nineties. In fact, I have two aunts that live together and they are in their nineties. They are savvy, well dressed, energetic and can discuss current events as well as anyone I know. I have watched many women age and I find their strength and courage very admirable.
Do I wish I looked like I did in my twenties, as I write this I thought I would say yes but I had big wild hair and thicker eyebrows and I was unrealistic. More importantly I lacked the experience that has enriched my life over the past twenty years. I looked great for being in my twenties but I have embraced the ages and stages of life, I am thankful for that or it would be impossible to be content. We are bombarded by youthful advertising and many women have a built in fear of another birthday pending.
I think as a whole, we need to change our thinking. Im just as vain if not more than the next person. I admit that I want to look great but Im smart enough to know that if you don't feel well internally none of it makes a difference. One of my friends is nervous as she is approaching forty-five. She looks fabulous, has a great figure and a wonderful life. I tell her to look in the mirror and rejoice, what's the problem I say- look at you. She is programmed to view forty five as something negative. Age is what you make it.
With all of that said, I am finding that since I turned 42 I can no longer see without my little reading glasses. Ah, it finally happened!! I have always prided myself on the fact that I had perfect vision. If anything needed to be read from a distance, I was happy to step up to the plate. When a friend of mine bought me a pretty pair of readers, it was as if someone had turned the lights on in a dark room. It was like being reborn- I could see so clearly but more importantly I thought perhaps I was two years late.
Maybe when I turned forty my eyeballs started aging. I guess it's all down hill from this point on however I choose to see the positive aspect of it. I now have a new collection of funky, elegant, sophisticated, fun, sexy glasses. Move over shoe collection, something else has captured my attention.