Who says old age is nothing but a number? As a society we seem to be terrified of it. We run from it like the plague and we'll do anything to keep it at bay.
Look at the millions spent buying products to hide or cover our naturally aging bodies. Creams to iron out the wrinkles of time, creams to disguise those liver spots, which we fondly refer to as 'death spots'. Chemical peels in an attempt to force the skin to rejuvenate itself. We endure sucks and tucks for that shameful over-stretched sagging skin. And what about the pain of undergoing surgery to pull the face north when the body is gravitating south? Need I mention the excess bags that accumulate under the eyes? If products can't shift it, surgery will. But I thought age was nothing but a number.
Some say 'you're as old as you feel' but the fact is, even if you feel 21, you're still and old 71 - ouch!
I say - what's all the fuss about? What are we so afraid of?
I mean, why can't we just view it in a positive light and accept it?
Those bags under your eyes, you worked damn hard to get those and anyone who can survive on earth with all it's pollutants for that long, will produce those telling signs.
That hoary head, is proof that you've lived enough to be full of wisdom and are capable of giving sound advice.
Those old weary bones might be frail now but they once built homes, fixed cars, and went to war. That's nothing to be ashamed of. Those liver spots serve as reminders to others, to give up their seat, hold open that door or to usher you to the front of the queue. Not bad at all. You can turn your selective hearing on whenever you please and dress crazy without anyone batting an eyelid, it's all wrapped up in being old aged. You can speak your mind with less offence and guzzle the wine more easily - everyone will pass it off as being elderly.
The whole package is a badge of honour! So what's so wrong with growing old gracefully?
What's all the trouble I hear about one being old
Your face folds into wrinkles and your room smells of mould
Your hair changes colour whether you like it or not
The smell of your body, gently tells you 'it's rot'!
Why should we care, cos we've had all our time
we've lived and we've loved and we've spent our last dime
Are you doing anything to keep old age at bay?
Do you relish being old or do you hate it?
Do you make allowances for old people?
I'd love to hear your views, comments, experiences and opinions.