There are so many contradictions that we hear on this subject. It has been a mostly taboo subject up until a while back. Has also been a subject for levity, even some gravity. It has fascinated some and repelled most I fear.
Why do we fear growing old? Is it because our looks fade? Is it because the agility of the body is gone as well as the elasticity of the skin.
Some turn to plastic surgery, extreme makeovers that make drastic changes to appearances, families and friends do a double take when you appear.
Not being versed in how anyone else feels I will speak from my own point of view. It sucks for me going from a very outdoorsy agile , playing sports, walking long distances type of woman, to feeling all the old injuries type. In the looks department your skin is not as supple as it was and wrinkles appear where there was smooth skin. It sucks big time.
When many depend on looks in their trade like actresses, models etc.; it does suck.
Looks shouldn’t be an only option. There are other talents each individual has besides looks.
Admittedly that’s the first thing people notice but when you bring your other talents to bear, your personality, the traits you were born with plus a benevolent attitude you inspire appreciation and love in others despite your appearance. The appeal of your heart shining through is a beacon of hope to those who fear ageing.
Growing old I feel is how we as individuals think or feel. Your mind a cauldron of knowledge to leave behind.
Accept that each one of us will age. No one is going to be bypassed. The fountain of youth stays a little while till time says otherwise. We are all going down that path never fear.
Why not age gracefully and defeat the feeling of impending doom?
Accept the inevitable and live beautifully. Perhaps then the youth of today will see that age is just a number not a death sentence. Maturity on the other hand is a whole kettle of other fish.
The sense of well-being that comes from accepting our limitations, accepting that we are all human will be as freedom is to a prisoner held in bondage for aeons of time.
Let age not dictate what you should or should not do.
I leave you this discourse with a last quote below from Joan Collins, the fountain of everlasting beauty and grace who has aged gracefully and beautifully as we all should.
Look into that mirror beyond your appearance, past those beautiful eyes and see the beautiful soul smiling back at you. You are uniquely authentic. You are eternal.
~ T 💕