Between young and old is like being 3 months pregnant again

Facelift-1I heard this week that the increasing use of FaceTime has sent a whole new batch of fountain-of-youth seekers into the hands of plastic surgeons. It seems we are not happy with what we see in the neck and chin area. The American press and marketing machine is relentless in its pursuit, presentation and promise of enticing, quick-fix-look-younger-now solutions. Even the most committed determination to let things unfold naturally is shaken a bit when you get on FaceTime the first time — even the second, third, fourth and more times. Very unforgiving technology. I think we need a ‘make-it-fuzzy’ option, instead of striving for all this HD-crispness.

It seems that this tweener stage of not real young anymore and not real old yet is the worst. You don’t feel old yet, you’re not ready to go there yet, you don’t want to be labeled ‘old’ yet, but there is incontrovertible evidence that you’re well down that path.

It reminds me of being 3 months pregnant and simply feeling fat. You don’t really feel like a baby is taking up residence there, you might not want to broadcast the news yet, and you don’t want those oh-dear-she’s-put-on-some-pounds pity looks. When you make the big announcement and the fat-look evolves into a happy pregnant mommy look, you can love your body again. You’re not hiding some shameful secret. You’re big and everyone’s happy.

I’m thinking the same wonderful fate might await us at the end of this tweener stage. Once you have celebrated a certain O-birthday that officially places you in the bona fide ‘old’ phase, then you can relax into those signs of aging and love what you see in the mirror … inspite of the ceaseless onslaught of ridiculous potions and surgery ads. The big question will be when exactly is that O-birthday? I fear that the marketing machine is going to keep moving the goal posts!

Can we please all band together and say NO!!

Send the surgeons, doctors, pharmaceutical and potions industries a message: You may not earn all those millions of dollars at the expense of our insecurities, our physical and mental health. We are not playing ball.

What do you think? You with me?

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4 Responses to Between young and old is like being 3 months pregnant again

  1. Rhonda says:

    Absolutely! Sadly, the mirror in our mind does not think of ourselves as we really are — we see ourselves 50 pounds slimmer, 30 years younger, and are shocked at how the camera “adds weight and age”. Not true, we have added it, through the years, most of us anyway, but still have a mental picture of our more slender, youthful selves firmly implanted and imprinted in our minds. We toss those unflattering photos, delete them from the digital cameras, and avoid looking into mirrors or store windows when passing because they remind us that there is an error between what we know and what we see. I learned this from my daughter recently who has lost 50 pounds and was featured in the Houston Chronicle last week as a “success story” for her running over the last year. I told her she looked 20 years younger, and she said she’d heard that, but doesn’t see it in herself. I told her she didn’t now look 28 vs. her 48 years, rather, she used to look 58 and now looks 38. We can fool others with plastic surgery on our face, but simply look at the hands to see that they don’t exactly match the face! I’m not going under the knife!

    • lynnmorstead says:

      Rhonda, I knew you be be counted on to stick to the real you! You’re so right about “looking at the hands”. That expression of a life well lived should also be seen in our smiles and eyes.

  2. kathrynbturner says:

    I am with you!! Pressing On,

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