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Age! People are so preoccupied with it. We are constantly judging people based on their age by saying things like “she looks great for her age, but she’s had some work done” or “she is too old to be wearing that mini skirt”.
I know this because I am guilty of judging women, in particular, on how they look for their age, how they dress and how they have their hair styled, etc. In fact I am the worst critic of other women, but from what I can understand it appears to be part of our ‘femme fatale’.
Unfortunately, age does catch up with all of us eventually. You can run and you can hide! You can even try turning back the years by exercising like crazy, existing on a diet of lettuce leaves, trying to disguise it with thick layers of makeup or even by having a nip and tuck here and an injectable here and there! But at the end of the day age catches up with us.
I only have to look in the mirror during the stark daylight to see the affects of ageing on my face, hair and body. Believe me it can be a very confronting sight! I see the deep furrow between my brow (which gives me the appearance of having a constant frown on my face), I see the brown pigmentation spots on my face, I see the sagging skin and I see the course grey hairs contrasting against my dark coloured hair.
I know, I know, it is all very depressing! So here are the some of the things that I feel are the ugly truth about being 50+:
1. Finding comfortable shoes. I freely admit that I am a lover of shoes and I have almost always worn high heel shoes. However nowadays I’m finding myself crippled and in excruciating pain after wearing a pair after several hours. I have had to resort to wearing lower heeled shoes and even resorted to kicking them off on a couple of occasions.
2. Slowing down. This fact was brought to my attention by my 24 year old daughter when we were out shopping a few months ago. I simply could not keep pace with her. Shopping with her was like one of those contests where you are let loose in a Supermarket with a trolley and you have only 5 minutes to jam as much as you can into your trolley!
3. Putting my back out during a Yoga move. Don’t laugh I am serious! I did this a couple of months ago right at the beginning of a Yoga class I was doing a ‘Warrior Two’ (or maybe it was a ‘Warrior Three’), but never mind, and I felt my back give out. I very embarassingly excused myself from the class and had to kind of sidle my way out of the Yoga room in a sideways ‘crab-like’ fashion.
4. Memory – where have you gone? I have found that I forget to put certain ingredients in things I cook and that is even sometimes when I’m following a written recipe. Or I go to the Supermarket with only 5 items to buy and I come home with 4. I walk downstairs to do something and when I get there I wonder what! Does any of this sound familiar??
5. Attempting to keep up with Technology. There is nothing like taking on a new job with people who are much younger and techno savvy than you, to make you feel technologically challenged. During the past few months I have had to learn how to use Dropbox, Zoho, Levart, Photoshopping, Hash Tagging and countless other technological skills.
6. I gotta pee! I’m certain my bladder has shrunk. It now only stores about a tablespoon of pee when it used to hold about a cup. It is even worse if I happen to adhere to the 8 glasses of water a day that is supposed to be very good for you! I’m beginning to think that I should just take my laptop computer into the loo so I can work from there!
7. Tuckshop arms. Yep I’ve got them! Don’t ever catch sight of yourself waving goodbye to someone because the jelly-like flab on your upper arm just keeps on wobbling after you have completed the action! I have also unfortunately seen some extremely unflattering photos of my ‘fadoobadas’ and they are not a pretty sight! The bad news is that even though I’ve been doing my tricep exercises religiously they have not toned up.
It may be the ugly truth of getting older, but it isn’t going force me to throw in the towel just yet. There is still some hope and I will continue to try and hold back the years!
What do you think? Are there things that you absolutely despise about getting older?
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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