Spread the love
I heard the haunting lyrics of this song by Lana Del Rey recently on the radio:
Will you still love me
When I’m no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me
When I got nothing but my aching soul?
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful?
It got me thinking about how society perceives beauty and ageing and how women in particular put so much pressure on themselves to look young. Some even go to the extent of having cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery to take the years away. So what I really liked was this quote from 70 year old Lauren Hutton, thanks to www.growingbolder.com :
I applaud her strong stance on beauty standards as I think she looks terrific for 70 years of age and if I look that good at that age then I will be extremely happy. Yep, she has lines and wrinkles but I can see an inner spark of beauty in this photo and to me that is more important than what’s on the outside.
We have all heard this quote by Dorothy Parker “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” What does this mean? It means that a pleasing appearance is not a guide to character.
I believe beauty is the other way around. In my opinion what is on the inside of a person is what is most beautiful about them. Internal beauty through my eyes is, one’s strength of character, integrity, honesty and kindness. Besides external beauty is not eternal, but if combined with internal beauty the impact will last forever. Without achieving internal beauty, external beauty is meaningless.
I have made the acquaintance of many attractive women who after getting to know them, I would say are ugly on the inside. You know those vindictive malicious women who once your back is turned bitch and criticize everything about you? As I have got older and wiser I tend to give these types of women a wide berth. My mantra is to surround myself with positive uplifting people who are genuinely happy for me when I’m happy.
It doesn’t mean that I will give up on my appearance as I will still make an effort to make myself look attractive by keeping fit and healthy, wearing nice clothing, makeup and getting my hair styled. I’m certainly not going to throw in the towel on any of these things yet!
So the answer to my question “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful”? Is a resonating yes, I believe people will love me as I am “beautiful on both the inside and outside”, so my Yoga Teacher keeps telling me!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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