…anti-age me, or be gone with you and this entire mall!
IF THERE’S ONE THING THAT IS CONSTANT IN LIFE, IT’S CHANGE. Nowhere is this most obvious than in our own selves and bodies. We generally get so caught up in our daily routines, in our respective races to get things done, and then one faithful day you catch a fleeting glimpse of yourself in the mirror—usually not your mirror, and almost always the mirror of a poorly-lit changing room in a clothing departmental store—and realize that, OMG, you’re looking older!
Like clockwork, this happens to me every five years. The first time when I was 15, and was really pleased with what I saw…and the last time was, well, last week. Let’s just say that from the age of 30, I’ve since developed the “mental coping strategies” to deal with the “strangers” in mirror who insist, every so often, on scrutinizing my every move, thanks mainly to the wisdom encapsulated in articles such as Shake it up, baby! (page 14) as well as the features of this month’s anti-ageing Focus (pages 32 to 41).
As you change (okay, maybe I shouldn’t mince my words here and just say it as it is: “age”), so must your grooming habits. This is something I’ve always said, especially of and to my mother who has had the same hairstyle, makeup colors and dressing style for the last 55 years!
So, imagine my shock when, just last month, an old friend said to me: “You know, you’ve had the same hairstyle since I met you, what, 16 years ago now?”
Argh! I’ve turned into my mother! Then again, given that she’ll be turning 78 next January but looks not a day past 55 and behaves as if she were 30, that may not be such a bad thing after all…
Having said all this, I daresay that I’ve actually stumbled upon an anti-ageing activity—aside from muscle-maintaining circuit workouts—that works like a dream…for me, at any rate.
A couple of months ago I started taking guitar lessons, and boy do they ever make me feel like a right kid again, stumbling and fumbling through a cacophony of what should be harmonious chords. Anti-ageing par-excellence!
*For the full article please refer to Shape August 2011 Issue