I am now of the age where I look in the mirror and find myself pulling the skin back from my face to see what I would look like with a face lift.
I also find myself muttering and whinging about the ravages of time, more and more, even though intellectually I accept its a fact of life.
This whole aging process is hard in many ways, particularly for females. And I've never met a woman who likes the idea.
However, while I lament that my body parts are heading south, it's not an issue I spend a lot of time focusing on. Maybe I avoid mirrors more than I once did so I don't get a constant reminder. Except that is, when I run into someone I haven't seen for a while who is around my age and I just cannot get over the fact they have aged so much. And if they have, it can only mean one thing...
However, it also seems there are a hell of a lot of people out there now trying to turn back the clock with surgery and enhancements. Their body parts get chopped, nipped, tucked and pulled in all directions. To prolong careers, keep up with younger partners, to regain self esteem?
I entertain the possibility of surgery down the track from time to time but I have to say the 'work' I have seen to date, looks so obvious and contrived. Even on my dentist who has had loads done and she is only 31. She has gone from cute to odd and there is no going back I suspect. I never feel any pain when I'm sitting in her chair because my eyes are glued to her face and I swear it does not move at all.
Then today, I saw this picture of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. I couldn't take my eyes off Kenny. He must be hovering around the 70 mark. What has happened to him? Doesn't he see it? All that money and success yet .....he looks like a different person.
What kind of pressure must these people be under to want to do that to themselves?
It seems that after extensive surgery people seem to end up looking like someone who has just had loads of plastic surgery. They don't look younger, just 'pulled tighter'.
Helen Mirren is my kind of role model (plastic surgery or not). I will have what she's had, thank you very much. She has aged well. That's what I am aiming for - to ease into aging. As gracefully as I can, with whatever assistance I can that doesn't take away my identity or require stitches. I am not very good with pain and I would hate to do something that there was no coming back from. I am a little too risk adverse. What about you?