Age, Grace and Dignity

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A middle-aged woman  is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. During that experience she sees God and asks if this is it. God says no and explains that she has another 30 years to live.

Upon her recovery she decides to just stay in the hospital and have a face lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, etc. She even has someone come in and change her hair color. She figures since she’s got another 30 years she might as well make the most of it.

She walks out of the hospital after the last operation and is killed by an ambulance speeding by. She arrives in front of God and complains, “I thought you said I had another 30 years.”

God replies, “I didn’t recognize you.”

It seems many celebrities have an unhealthy relationship with age. “Forever young,” appears to be the wish. I wonder if they ever listen to us, the ordinary people who often pity them. What makes them think a 60 or 70-year old woman cannot be beautiful without a facelift and botox?

Form the bottom of my heart. I admire celebrities who are aging with me, they are proof that real beauty is a light shining from within. Some I know since my youth and my admiration for their craft (not their looks) has not changed over the years -often it has deepened.

 

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What a sad life it must be if you lose your facial impressions and the map of your life.


 

“Let the labyrinth of wrinkles be furrowed in my brow with the red-hot iron of my own life, let my hair whiten and my step become vacillating, on condition that I can save the intelligence of my soul – let my unformed childhood soul, as it ages, assume the rational and aesthetic forms of an architecture, let me learn just everything that others cannot teach me, what only life would be capable of marking deeply in my skin!”
― Salvador Dalí

 

 

8 thoughts on “Age, Grace and Dignity

  1. When I look at myself in the mirror, I don’t consider how much I’ve aged in comparison to when I was young. Maybe that’s because I’ve never really had a good self image? Of course, that doesn’t stop me from commenting (generally to myself only) how much these celebs have aged! I think, for the most part, the males (who possibly always had a better self image?) don’t comment on it while the ladies (who like me have sometimes expressed a negative self image in their youths) are proud to point out the changes and embrace them!

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  2. I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s so liberating to embrace the grey hair and wrinkles. Fighting the the aging process is a useless and stressful occupation. Those aged celebs are still amazing. Just love Jane Fonda and Judi Dench and Richard Gere will always be drop dead gorgeous to me.

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    • I agree with you. I don’t have lots of gray in my hair -yet- but will gracefully wear it (with a hip cut) if it ever will be snow-white. If not, I will stay addicted to the bottle, because my natural dishwasher blonde is hideous.

      I always joke that my husband needs to watch out, if Richard Gere will ever stop by our house. 🙂

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  3. Great ‘collection’. All admirable folks. It is encouraging to see ‘stars’ embracing their changes instead of continually trying to stem the tide of time and age. I love that quote from Salvador Dali. Thank you for providing it! It’s not the destination, it’s the journey and our faces and bodies provide a roadmap of our lives. Congratulations to those who are comfortable with that map..

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  4. On the eve of my birthday you speak my heart. I am aging and I embrace it. My face is not the same as it was at 20 – it is etched with all the experiences good (and not so good) that have come in between, my body is not taut and youthful (I have four grown daughters to prove it) … on the eve of my birthday I join you in wishing that those who can, will set an example that says aging is a beautiful thing. After all – the alternative to being aged is being dead. Count thy blessings.

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