It’s a little depressing to go through your morning routine and while wiping the steam from the mirror for a shave realize the visage staring back at you is your fathers. Believe it girls it really does happen unless you tend to favor your mother and then you are on your on. Of course this is all relative and if after undergoing a transsexual reassignment surgery, I suppose finding your mother staring back at you would be a welcoming sign of success and who in their right mind wants to undergo reassignment surgery to become a middle aged woman?
That said growing into my forties and a more mature version of myself I expected an episode of mid life crisis but nothing of the sort has occurred. I do enjoy the salt and pepper effect that is becoming more salt than pepper lately but sadly the face just sort of goes around forty. The skin becomes less resilient and everything you eat drink or breathe shows up the next day. Crows feet become caverns and the elasticity under the eyes leave a permanent shallow.
I plan to age gracefully but I tend to watch the media and familiar contemporaries with faces that were once new sadly growing older along side me more closely. I’m not a huge fan of celebrities that magically age in reverse and flippantly toss their heads about with tight necks and eyes responding to claims of surgery with a standard denial. It works for some and not for others.
Debbie Harry recently went in for her sixty thousand mile retread and looks like a million while others seem more ready to take on the mantle of horror show hostess. Some days I like who I see in the mirror and other days I use more products in a vain effort to retard the ravages of time. I know what my father looks like at seventy so it’s inevitable and also in the genes. He’s handsome for an older gentleman and I hope to be the same.
Today while perusing the blogs I look down the list and see The Sartorialist and think to myself enough with the election and economy I need a dose of pretty. Imagine my relief to find Lauren Hutton attending a fashion event looking fabulous. Aging gracefully with a certain dignity that comes from conviction and self-assurance. She’s comfortable in her aging skin and as a result she glows with radiant confidence.