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There was an article in a recent More magazine about why women shouldn’t feel obsessed with looking younger.  Long story short, the person interviewed spoke about how we should be more accepting of how we look instead of fighting a battle where we will just be dumping money into looking younger when eventually, it will no longer do any good.  (I thought of Joan Rivers & her multi-facelifts!)

I realize that many have different view of all this.  Me, personally?  I can’t justify the expense or time invested to “recapture my youth“.  However, I don’t intend on letting myself go to pot or to look like a hag.

In general, the increasing gray hairs on my head and fine lines on my face aren’t bothering me.  I can trace this attitude back to my 40th birthday.  I remember thinking:  oh my gosh, I’m 40!  But then I got to thinking:  I look 40, I feel 40 & that’s OK because I AM 40.  I don’t know why this thought put my mind at rest, but it did.

Just as with my work life, I intend on capitalizing on my strengths & making the best of my weaknesses.  I’m finding products that work better with my aging skin & hair, and I’ve made changes to my exercise routine to improve on what’s been getting weaker.  I need to be open to make changes, too.  I know that there are things in my wardrobe that need looking at (and I hate shopping).  

Now I’m 47.  And that’s OK.

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Feb 10, 2012
    • I agree that trying to look youthful isn’t exactly the answer. I have friends who are my age (50) and they‘re doing way too much plastic surgery. They look fake. I, however, am going to continue to do my very best to look, feel and be a vibrant, “youthful” and healthy middle ager. I think that’s what you‘re planning to do, too. I confess, though, I’m not ready to let the hair go gray. Just not yet.estatic



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      Tuliplady wrote Feb 10, 2012
    • I’m 44 and I look 44 and I’m totally ok with that.  I think healthy and real and confident look better than artificial youth.

      I don’t understand the women who spare no expense to look fake.



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      Nathalie Girard wrote Feb 10, 2012
    • I am lucky enough not to look my age, except for a few gray hair here and there. But I also agree that aging is a natural process and we shouldn’t be obessed in hiding it. Beauty is not all in youth- I know this sounds cliché but it is true. God knows I wouldn’t go back to being 20! Too much emotional turmoil and searching for myself. I’m happier now than I’ve ever been, and that’s what’s important for me.



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      Nita P wrote Feb 10, 2012
    • i look forward to the day when i am able to stop shaving my legs and other bits.  right now it grows like the amazon jungleohhhhohhhhestatic



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      Diane17 wrote Feb 10, 2012
    • I am lucky not to look my age either and I think a lot has to do with the lifestyle you have led.  My mom used to tell me that if you have bad habits you will age quicker.  I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs.  And I think that has helped.  I think genes also have a lot to do with it.  My mom was 76 and had MS when she died but she wonderful skin and didn’t have a whole lot of wrinkles.  She aged naturally and I admire her for it.



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      Marya1961 wrote Feb 14, 2012
    • I absolutely agree with you and the ladies!  As Cynthia mentioned, “vibrant and healthy middle ager“..and believe it or not, but many men appreciate a healthy, vibrant, confident middle aged woman who is sure of herself versus a plumped up, fake, silicone induced Barbie doll....just ask my hubby!estatic



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