I’ve just moved into the final year of my twenties and, on realising that I am not only ageing but that I will be thirty next year, I also realised that I’ve got laughter lines! My eyes are starting to show creases in their corners and beneath my lash line.
I will be honest, I had a moment of dilemma! Surely I’m not old enough for wrinkles. Oh my gosh, what is happening? I must have one foot in the grave already!
And then I took a big long look in the mirror and thought, why do a few creases around the eyes bother me?
The obvious answer to this is SOCIETY.
We are constantly told that growing older is wrong and something to be ashamed of. We’re fed marketing line after marketing line on how to look younger for longer, with creams designed to reduce the signs of aging and to make skin firmer with less wrinkles. Even Dove’s seemingly age-positive range ‘Pro-Age‘ offers to revitalise ageing hair and leave it thicker and stronger – read, more youthful. Hair dyes are marketed as hiding grey hairs and botox is now a common beauty therapy instead of an advance medical procedure. We are bombarded with messages that we need to stop looking older!
But really, what is wrong with growing older? It is a natural part of life – we grow, we change and evolve. It is true for our personalities, our likes and dislikes, our appearance. So why be ashamed of something that we all go through?
Once over the initial shock of ‘I’m ageing’, I realised that it isn’t such a bad thing. Sure I have laughter lines but aren’t they a sign of joy? Of a life, so far, well lived?
And isn’t ageing an opportunity?
My Mother once told me that life beings at 30. Then, when she turned 40, that life begins at 40. Then she got divorced and claims that life begins after divorce. I like her mentality – life begins – always!
So I have another year until I’m 30 and, as much as I’d love to give you a before 30 bucket list, I’m not going to. And that is for the simple reason that I’m not going to see turning 30 as a milestone, just a continuation of my life as it is. Okay – I’m probably going to have a party or a holiday (preferably both) but, really, I would take any excuse for that!
But I’m not going to rush to get anything done before reaching that age – after all, me and my laughter lines have the rest of our lives to achieve things, see places, jump out of planes (not really going to happen), make friends, fall out with friends, learnt to love celery (again, probably not going to happen), and buy a house (lol).
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