Laser skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reducers, human growth hormone injections, facelifts, eyelifts, tummy tucks, cleansing diets, collagen pills – give me a break! Since the very first snake oil salesman rattled into the very first village with some concoction that promised to make gullible people look and feel younger, millions, even billions, of dollars have changed hands in the eternal search for youth.
It’s nothing new. Popular history tells us that Spanish explorer Ponce de León spent years searching Florida for the fabled Fountain of Youth. Mr. de León never found the mythical rejuvenating pool, and neither will the millions of people worldwide who can’t wait to reach for their checkbook the minute the next scam artist or quack promises to have discovered the secret to reversing the aging process.
Some say that they do it to compete in the workplace, to “maximize” their confidence, to feel better about themselves. Vanity by any other name. They would be a lot better off if they just learned to accept themselves for who and what they are.
I lost most of my hair at a very early age. I’ve known men that were devastated when they started to grow bald, but to me, it was just hair. Besides, now I save a lot of money that I used to spend in barbershops!
For some people, reaching a certain age is traumatic. I’ve seen 30, 40, and 50 come and go, and 60 is just over the horizon, but I’ve been able to handle them all so far. The way I look at it, every day I set a new personal record for the number of days I’ve been alive.
I think that the fear of aging affects women more then men, judging by the number of products I’ve seen advertised, and from the news stories I’ve seen and read. Why is that? Is there anything in the world more beautiful and sexy than a mature woman who has self-confidence and a lifetime of wisdom? You can have all of those hard bodies that Hollywood calls sex goddesses, I don’t want them. First of all, at my age I couldn’t keep up with them, and I need a good night’s sleep more than a romp with a bimbo. And besides, if I did survive the night, what the hell would I be able to talk to her about the next morning?
No thank you. Give me a woman I can have a conversation with, who appreciates good music, good food and good books, and who knows the difference between a colander and a calendar. Now that’s sexy!
Psychologists and doctors are finding that significant numbers of weight reduction surgery patients have since turned to drug and alcohol abuse, binge shopping, sexual promiscuity, and other compulsive behaviors. For many people, food is a crutch, and suddenly they find themselves post-operative with the new body that they dreamed would make them beautiful and happy, and guess what? They still have the same old problems, insecurities, and unhappiness they had before their procedures!
I wonder how many people who undergo cosmetic surgery and other procedures in the search for eternal youth are any happier afterward? Again, what is wrong with just accepting yourself?
I don’t know about you, but I’m proud of my scars, wrinkles, and age spots, and yes, even my bald pate. They are evidence of where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and what I’ve experienced. I see them as badges of honor of a life lived to the fullest.
We all age. Some fight it, kicking and screaming all the way, and some of us do so gracefully and with dignity. But we all end up the same place. Which route are you taking to get there?
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