Women Aging Gracefully
The anti-aging business is big. Women spend hundreds of dollars yearly on products that promise to retain the fountain of youth. The older I get the less concerned I am about my wrinkles. With age comes wisdom in some cases. When I was in my 30s I fell for every product that advertised it could stop my wrinkles, or make them disappear. Of course many of these products never delivered. I had a bathroom cupboard, a vanity, and a medicine cabinet full of these products. If I added up the amount of money I had spent over the years on anti-wrinkle potions I could have gone on a vacation instead.
We are seduced by advertising that tells us getting wrinkles is bad, that aging will make us less valuable, and that only youth defines a woman's beauty. While I believe that it is important for women to look good, be healthy, and take care of themselves, we also need to accept and love ourselves as we are. Our self-worth and value shouldn't be defined by our appearance. Nor should we be taken in by societies opinion that once we hit a certain age we are no longer of value.
I watched an infomercial last night on an anti-wrinkle cream, and it was good. It made me want to buy the product, to look like the women that were advertising it. It's so easy to get caught up in the spiel. Subconsciously, I think many women believe that they too can look like that if they use the product. And who doesn't want to be beautiful? Chances are though, that many of the women in the advertisements aren't as old as they claim and many have used surgical or other procedures to give them that look.
I decided along time ago that I don't mind aging. I am content with who I am and have accepted my appearance as it is. Aging gracefully means that I see value in myself regardless of how I look, that I have accepted my bodies natural process. I am comfortable in my own skin. The disappearance of youth isn't the end of my worth, but a gateway to beginning another journey as a woman. I can't stop the aging process no matter how hard I try. But, I can embrace with grace who and what I've become, wrinkles and all!
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