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February 2, 2009

Post of Ages

Have you ever woke up and looked at yourself in the mirror? I mean really looked at yourself and then through out the day catch snippets of yourself as you pass one? All of a sudden you stop and really take a good look and right before your very eyes…

That smooth skin of 20, the firm breasts of 16, a little waist and tight butt just fade into 40+ crinkles around those once bright eyes and laugh lines that used to be there only when you laughed are now there only they are not laughing. Saggy milk bubbles that need under wire support or a shelf to make them appear to be somewhat happy and glad to see ya. Hair that glistens in the sun and florescence lights of the office not because you use a great shampoo but because it is now silver and you refuse to color it because you don’t have time. Everyone knows time is way more valuable then it was in your twenties and thirties and you don’t sweat the little things like that anyway. No you only sweat at night, especially your legs. Of course that doesn’t matter on account of you can’t sleep all night anymore. Which is what you blame the mood swings on, yes that’s it a lack of sleep and a bad thermostat. You sit back and giggle behind a co-worker’s back because they refuse to believe much less even think they are in the beginnings of or the middle of Menopause—God forbid. And they don’t have any issues with their menses as they are still on the pill. No they never start unscheduled have cramps or clots or stay that way for weeks. Nope they are not, no not even near “that old!”

ME NEITHER

But if you are of that age, you know you have to love yourself before you can give love to anyone else. You have to love yourself before you can accept love from anyone else. And besides this is just a new stage for you to embrace and explore. Yes a New Adventure moreover it sure beats the hell out of the alternative. Remember you don’t have to have mirrors in your home, as they don’t really make the room any larger that is just a myth. Trust me on this.

6 comments:

Jeni said...

Excellent expose on the truths of life as it really comes at us! No sugar coating here! Just telling it as it really is. Very well done!

Susan's Snippets said...

Paige - My 82 year-old friend says that his mind tells him he is in his early 30's. Having recently been declared legally blind, he no longer has the mirror to remind him that he isn't.

Guess what? He thinks it is grand.

take a stand

kimmyk said...

call me vain, but i wish i had perky boobs still. i don't. i dont think i have for like 17 years. gravity can bite me.

i haven't hit the night sweats yet, but a hysterectomy is around the corner and i'm afraid i'm gonna meet that head on here real quick like.

we dont have mirrors really. just in the bathroom and i try to avoid that like the plaque.

Linda said...

I am 46 going on 26 and 86, all at once. I try to look at the flabby neck folds (and stomach folds and upper arm folds) as my life's roadmap, but sometimes it's hard, mirror or no. But I love my wisdom, my occasional glimmers of grace. And I hate the hot flashes.

Wonderful post. Thank you. Peace, Linda

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Now I'll give you a reason to *hate* Dear Ol' Aunt Amelia. She simply stopped her periods at 40, and had only 1 hot flash. Yup...

Congratulations to you for not coloring your hair! Yesssss! It's way too much trouble and I dislike roots showing and... Well, just congratulations. :-)

And I'm so glad that you know the Wisdom of loving yourself, at any age. But especially 40+. Cause if a woman doesn't really start then, just wait till she's in her 70's! LOL!

Practice, practice, practice. Practice loving yourself, as is, as early as possible. "As is" still means taking loving care of one's self, of course. Just not trying to bang one's head against brick walls, though. >,-)

Ahhhhhhh the *Wisdom Of The Elderly*!!! -giggles-

Aunt Amelia
"A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop words when speech becomes superfluous." ~~Ingrid Bergmen

Anonymous said...

TRUE BEAUTY COMES FROM THE INSIDE. AS YOU AGE YOUR SOULMATE STILL SEES YOU AS THE YOUNG BEAUTIFUL PERSON YOU ALWAYS ARE,THE ONE THING THAT IS CONSTANT IN LIFE IS CHANGE BUT TRUE LOVE STANDS STILL AND EXCEPTS THE CHANGE IN THEIR MATE WITH OPEN ARMS AND STILL GETS BUTTERFLYS IN YOUR STOMACH WHEN YOU GET THAT CERTAIN LOOK IN YOUR EYES.LOVE IS FOREVER AND LONGER