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Avoiding age is no longer a Hollywood phenomenon. With the advent of cosmetic procedures, anyone can look younger. Getting a facelift is as easy as applying for a credit card (and in most cases, better interest rates and payments terms). But, I have noticed something more about the way people are approaching aging and health.
Admittedly, there are a lot of women getting cosmetic procedures to reduce, nip, tuck, lift, and enhance. I have read that the cosmetic surgery is a 60 billion dollar industry. Clearly, there are a whole lot of people addressing this issue with a surgeon. As a culture, we are without question committed to maintaining our youth. However, there are others of us who have taken a different approach and indulge in less invasive, effective beauty treatments such as drinking water, eating right, stress-management, positive thought, meditation, and enjoying life.
Granted, there is a genetic component to some of this aging business. The thing is that now, people aren’t surrendering to their health, age, or genetic predisposition. In the last ten years, I have seen people take a more proactive approach to their health and well-being. They are finding different ways to deal with their challenges. Many are making more conscientious choices about their food, skin care products, and overall lifestyles. We are eating organic and living more holistically.
I think one of the biggest components to the new attitude about aging is all the options available to keep ourselves in our prime. But I believe the real key is, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” This question highlights the idea that our thoughts about aging are one of the biggest determining factors in actual physiological process. We are learning through science that our thoughts, brain wave patterns, and neuorsynaptic connections are significant contributing factors in our overall health and well-being.
It wasn’t that long ago when some women had the idea that their 50s were reserved for grieving the past and recounting a long list of “I should haves” all while resigning themselves to their “fate.” This ideology is clearly on its way out as women today are more active, health conscious, and vibrant. Women are changing their attitudes about age. I am sure there is some Hollywood influence in our outlooks. But as a culture, we are not only embracing this fact, we are seeing it everywhere we look. In general, we are adopting more of an Eastern philosophy about the idea of “old.” Age is becoming more synonymous with wisdom and beauty. Even the modeling industry is extending the careers of the classic beauties well beyond their 30s.
The thing that I see in common with all the fabulous 40s, 50s, (and beyond) are their attitude about aging. It seems that many women are realizing that putting their focus on the aging process becomes not only useless, but damaging. Age is simply a number. But it doesn’t have to define you. It doesn’t have to be your calling card, a damning sentence, or a countdown to your final hours.
From I can observe, it is what is on inside of us that radiates on the outside. Inner peace, happiness, confidence, and surrender are what you see on the faces of the truly beautiful women. This is when people begin to look at you and look past any wrinkles only to see an inexplicable radiance that no surgery or 24k gold-flecked; placenta infused face cream can give you. Mark Twain had this all figured out a long time ago when he said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”