With a new year approaching and the fact that I have taken time to get over my blogging burnout during the holidays, I have decided to challenge myself a bit and am going to try and write at leasts 3 posts a week using dailypost.com daily writing prompts. This will be along with the other ideas I have decided to challenge myself with as well.
Today’s writing prompt is entitled “Young At Heart“.
I am a true believer that looking young, even as you get older, stems from good genes and how you treat your body. I saw a post on Facebook the other day of a woman who was 103 and didn’t look a day over 70.
My grandmother, in her 90’s, would go to the doctor and the nurse would say that they must have grabbed the wrong chart because she didn’t look a day over 60.
My father is still dating girls my age…and he is 71. Granted, most of them know he has some money but I don’t see a 71 year old man when I look at him.
And the same goes for my mother. Even with her gray hair, that she no longer dyes (which she is also lucky to have the perfect gray hair with highlights and low lights in all the right places) I don’t see a woman on the down slope to her 70’s. Even my toddlers told her she didn’t look old and we all know how brutally honest they can be.
I am also a true believer that you are only as old as you feel. Granted some days I feel older than others. Those are usually days followed by a night of too many cocktails and not enough sleep. But when I am doing something fun with my kids, working out at the gym, or even bopping around the house getting a ton of stuff done…I still feel the youth in me.
But when I speak of ageless beauty I am talking about who we are on the inside. What kind of adults have we grown into? Are we good or evil? It’s so easy to see all the evil people plastered all over the media that it’s hard to believe that there are still a majority of us that are kind, caring, and helpful to our fellow mankind.
This quote is so true on so many levels. People who render hate are usually just miserable themselves. And you know the old saying…
It’s not to say that we don’t all experience a bit of misery from time to time but it’s how we choose to distribute it into the atmosphere.
When I am miserable it’s usually taken out on those in my household. They have also learned that when I am feeling miserable or grouchy to just leave me alone and let me do my own thing.
Ageless beauty can also come in the form of an object. Like an old painting, building, or even those 20 year old pair of shoes in your closet that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away. Maybe the memories they hold are just too valuable, even if you haven’t put them on in the last decade.
Or an old pair of jeans that have been worn so many times that holes are starting to appear in places that parts you wouldn’t want others to see will soon be hanging out of…isn’t that what patches are for?
It can be a beautiful landscape that changes through the years but still looks beautiful.
There is so much ageless beauty in so many things…including we as human beings. It just takes choosing kindness over bitterness. Happiness over sadness (which I know first hand can be hard to do without
wine vodka medication sometimes).
I am not afraid of growing old…but I am afraid that I will get grumpier in my old age, as I see a pattern in the generations of women before me.
How do you feel about growing old?…how would you define ageless beauty? Do you have an item that you just can’t let go of?
Try to stay beautiful on the inside…always.
I also wrote a recent piece entitled “Love Who You Are Today” if you would like to read more about how I feel on this subject.