23.5.12

DAY 212

Don´t label me, please

Yes, I have a lot of grey hair, now, I am not that young anymore

My dermatologist says that I should consider to take extreme measures to preserve a youthful skin because I am a middle-age lady (I´ll be 48 years old next December)

Some of my acquaintances are opting for surgery and other invasive treatments because they want to look better

Every time I turn on the TV lots of unrequested advices about how to stop time invade my home

When I start to leaf through a magazine, women, young and old (who look so similar that sometimes this frightens me) try to change my mind about slight retouches

Girls who still are in the process of developing from a child into an adult, are used as role models to follow for advertising purposes. They are meant to point out what I should be doing to stay young

Indeed, everything around me drives me to pretend to be younger than I actually am and make the time moves back. The art of ageing nicely and naturally is undervalued and the beauty of old people goes unnoticed

But I don´t feel like taking that path:

Excuse me if I don´t want to change my face and erase my wrinkles. Excuse me if I don´t show reverence and adoration for eternal youth. Excuse me if I don´t want to get involved in the market´s play, which is a play of deceptions. Excuse me if I don´t have the feeling that time is my enemy. Excuse me if I opt for power and uniqueness. Excuse me if I don´t feel like a piece of old junk... 


Excuse me if I feel simply divine just as I am right now...

20 comments:

Susan said...

So perfectly said! I'm with you all the way as I get closer to 60. It's really scary how much influence the media/marketing has. You are beautiful!

theresa martin said...

You are completely divine!

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

You look PERFECT! It's actually funny that you are posting this right now because last night when I was relaxing in front of the TV I noticed how all of the singers looked "like plastic" people. I will never get plastic surgery...and I am older than you...!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

A touch older than you, with much grey and increasing wrinkles, I feel healthy and grateful. With a four year old to snuggle daily and seven other children all still at home I am so grateful to be here and enjoy each moment. I treasure my health but outward appearance is not my focus, there's so much more to life.

gina said...

Your selfie is wonderful! So refreshing to read about someone who accepts herself and isn't trying to pretend. Now in my 60s, I stopped wearing makeup and worrying about the wrinkles. There are so many more important things to think about in life

Introverted Art said...

I think you are beautiful. Plentiful, wise, and beautiful womanhood. I think there is no reason to "hold on to youth." There is nothing wrong or shameful with aging and you are a beautiful woman in your own right.

Kat Sloma said...

I love, love, love this post. Thank you for rejecting what advertising and society tell us we must do! We are wonderful as we are. This self-portrait project is helping me to see that. Your selfie is gorgeous. So glad I stopped by with {in the picture} today!

Cheryl said...

You're a beautiful woman just as you are. I love your photo. I wouldn't change a thing and I have much more gray hair than you...

urban muser said...

you ar gorgeous just the way you are. inspiring post! thanks for linking up at {in the picture} this month.

Jo Murray said...

I join everyone thanking you for not succumbing to the endless drivel dished up to us by the media. What's wrong with aging gracefully, and letting the wisdom of the years settle gently on our shoulders? I'm 68 this year, and proud of it.

Jo Murray said...

PS: I got so carried away with your message that I forgot to say how much I like your portrait. Well done.

Cathy H. said...

I LOVE THIS POST!!! Your are beautiful and don't need to change a thing!! Thanks for the reminder to be and love ourselves!!

Teagan said...

I love your photo, and your statement is an inspiration!!

Madhu said...

You are beautiful inside and out!

Sassyangelac said...

Bravo!

shirley said...

So well said. At every age, there is beauty. I think you look great, you have a positive outlook and that is more valuable than any cream / ointment / procedure.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

What a great post - inner beauty is what counts. Your self portait is beautiful. Nice to see you in the picture.

Anonymous said...

love the way you express so well what is a natural beauty in a woman. the publicity sells many lies to woman´s and man´s. when we receive a present from someone the present "sometimes" is beautiful outside and inside is ugly, sometimes the inverse. what counts is your own beautiful. Is not a cream our a surgery that gona make you more beautiful. you are unique in your own way. love you portait you are beautiful.

Becs said...

This is an amazing post, I love what you've written and agree with you completely. I don't understand this obsession with youth at all. I love your closing line - you look "simply divine" in this beautiful image too. Beautifully done and said.

pink sheep said...

no excuses necessary! you ARE divine! your images are always beautiful...and as for what society & media tell us is beautiful, i say...blah! you have it absolutely correct...thanks for saying it for all of us :-)

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