The aging process

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This is what I look like. I turned 60 last October. When I look in the mirror, I see my mother looking back at me and I’m not sure I like that. I’m not saying my mother wasn’t nice looking. It’s just that I don’t want to look like her.

Recently I have read in the press that Hilary Clinton is not so concerned about her looks in the public eye anymore. She has stopped using a lot of makeup, preferring the natural look in her present frame of mind and she has left her hair to do its own thing more than before.  She always looked immaculate until recently. I don’t blame her for having her current opinion though. It’s much the same as mine.

For years I have dyed my hair, trying lots of different colours and getting some interesting results.  On one visit to the hairdresser I came away with that new colour, bright auburn red. Even the hairdresser was surprised at how red it was. I smiled and said it looked nice, which it did, but it wasn’t really ME. What is ME? I’m still not sure.  When I turned 60 I decided to try the ‘older’ look. For years people have been treating me as if I was younger than I am and that is a mixed blessing…

Sometimes whilst sitting at the front of the bus, someone, who is probably the same age as me but looks older, has looked sternly at me and made gestures as if I should give up my seat to them (because they were older) but in truth, they were probably the same age as me or even younger. I felt embarrassed when things like that happened. I wondered if I looked my age, if perhaps someone would offer me their seat?  It hasn’t happened yet!

My grandson was born 19 months ago. I wondered what I should look like as Oma? Should I try to look 50 or should I look my age.  Whatever I did, he wouldn’t know any difference, would he?

Two years ago, I looked like this:

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and I liked my long hair, but not everyone does! It’s a lot of bother and expensive too, to keep it looking like that, but is it worth it? Is it worth the expense and the bother.  I’m still not sure.

How important is image?  What do you think?

2 thoughts on “The aging process

  1. Hi Oma (AKA Star, AKA Stella)! I have just signed up to follow you, and I’m happy to be able to return the favor you did for me many years ago, becoming my first follower who was not family. We’ve got a long history together, after all.

    About the hair, I like the new look much better. I’m not a fan of dyed color in the first place, and I like the sprightly look of the shorter hair. Just my opinion. I hope you do whatever makes you feel the best!

    • Hello D-Jan, how lovely of you to be my first follower on here. That makes history surely! Yes, I remember becoming your first follower. I was pleased to do that. Coming over here feels just like moving house. I do hope I don’t lose my friends in the process because you know what they say ‘Treasure your new friends but don’t forget the old; for the new ones are silver, but the old ones are gold!’ Bless you.

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