…but the mirror does. That’s a strange statement, don’t you think? In my case, I just think it’s true.
I was born in 1960 and this year I celebrated the big 5-0. My theory on how well a man ages has always been based on two areas: His head and how much hair is covering it, and his waistline. I probably developed this theory based on the fact that I still have a full head of mostly brown hair and I have managed to keep my waistline at 34″ for many, many years with very little overflow. So my theory works great for me!
When I look in the mirror, I see the same face I have looked at for 20 or 30 years. The same twinkle in the eyes, a boyish grin, overall a youthful face. But when I look at recent pictures taken with my son before last week’s senior prom or at his HS graduation, the twinkle and grin are the same, however the face ain’t so boyish anymore. There are now subtle (cough, cough) wrinkles in my forehead, crows feet around the eyes, other signs of age.
What’s the solution? First, I’m not taking anymore pictures next to my son. The difference in age is just to easy to see. So you’re thinking that maybe I should have a little work done or have toxins shot into my face. Holy shit! Are you kidding? Anyone who knows me or has read anything I ever posted on facebook knows one of my favorite targets is “those” people. Nothing like an overblown set of collagen injected lips or a set of cheeks looking like they are being pulled tight like saran wrap on tomato for creative inspiration.
So, with a little help from Linda, I have decided to embrace what life is dealing me and my face. Linda and I used to watch Nip/Tuck (until it went off the deep end). In one of the early seasons, Joely Richardson’s character falls through the glass shower door and the plastic surgery boys need to do their thing. Right before they start she is asked if she’d like some of her wrinkles and other signs of aging removed. Her response, “I like my lines, they let me know where I have been.” Is that a great line or what? And from Nip/Tuck of all things. Who’d have thought?
People, there is nothing wrong with aging. It’s part of life. Every time I see someone who has had work done, do you know what I think and freely express to anyone around me? “Look, they’ve had work done!” You’re not hiding the fact that you are aging, you are only telling people I’d rather look “starched” than look my age. Looking your age isn’t the worst thing in the world but that’s easy for me to say because I look good for my age.