How do I “cope” with getting old
I’m going to ramble a bit about getting old…
When I was in my late teens / early 20s, I remember looking at women who were probably in their late 30s and thinking “How do they live looking like that?? How do they cope?” My attention was on their smile lines and uneven skin tone and lack of plumpness. I thought it must be horrible to wake up every day and look like that.
Well, well, well – I have now arrived at that very point in my life. (How the heck did the last 15 years go by so fast?!?!???)
So how do I live ‘like that’? How do I deal with the smile lines getting deeper and deeper, with sun spots multiplying day in and day out?
The answer is that I look at my face every morning, sigh a bit, but then look away and realise that I just don’t care that much.
Life happens the way it happens. I am much more confident in my skin now compared to when I was 20 (it’s probably stretched enough now to feel comfy ;).
I now have a body that can run for 20km while enjoying it. I now have a body that has made two awesome children. I now have a body that feels my own and I don’t abuse it anymore with drinking too much, or eating too much, or smoking too much (when it comes to this, any amount is too much). I do still have a couple of bad habits that are not good for me, but if I were all ‘enlightened’ by now I would not have anything else to work on in the decades to come :)
Maybe if I were single I’d feel differently? Maybe if I’d been really confident in my teens/20s I’d feel differently? Maybe if I’d been fit I’d feel differently?
Who knows. All I know is that those smile lines don’t bother me as much as I was certain that they would bother me. (The one thing that does bother me is still getting pimples, but one day I WILL get over that as well… I’m hoping menopause will help :)
How about you – how are YOU ‘coping’ with getting older?? (Only answer if you’re over 35 ;)