I'm aging, and the world is seeing it.
Aging gracefully, that is the knee slapping question. What is aging gracefully how the heck can I get 'er done? I happen to think it lies within one's attitude and self awareness. I watched Deepak on Super Soul Sunday and he spoke about his wife being his teacher on self-esteem. He said her innate high self-esteem taught him, "Do not confuse your image with your self. The real self within you is beneath no one. It's immune to criticism and it's fearless." Deepak explains, "Your self image is what other people think of you and your self is what you think of you."
Knowing yourself is about self-confidence, attitude, acceptance, and general happiness. Let's be real, caring about how others see us is just part of human nature. I'm not opposed to anyone getting a little repair work. Hey, a little self-maintenance never hurts in the self-esteem department. But how much is too much and for whom is it being done? Personally, I'm exhausted at what I see on the tele. A lot of women my age with overly plumped up faces and lips trying to hold on to the way they looked in their 20's. What's wrong with looking 40, 50, 60, or 70 and being fearless to outward criticism?
I get it, I want to look decent when I look in the mirror at my image. I would be lying if I said it didn't matter, because it does. I wish I were more evolved. But I do know, self care is crucial. Caring for what I eat, how I groom, how I keep my muscles strong. I like to eat healthy and work out, because I like how it makes me feel on the inside and how it makes me look (image) on the outside. It all boils down to balance. Do what 'cha gotta do.
As for now, I choose self, which includes a little here (work my body-self image) and a lot there (work my attitude-self). So, I'll be the 40+ year old with the fine lines, wrinkles, and creases around the knees. Because it's gonna happen and I'm ok with that image. But, I won't lie. I'll do what I gotta do and slow it down with a good dose of Olay Regenerist cream slathered on the face nightly and the daily squats to rock that once 20 year old tight ass!
"Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance."
-Deepak Chopra, The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore
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