There are wrinkles on my face, around my eyes. The skin next to my lips is becoming loose where it used to be tight. I said hello to my wrinkles this morning when I got dressed. Although not all of me was welcoming.
Last week I read the fascinating book “Face: One Squarefoot of Skin” by Justine Bateman (Mallory Keaton on the 80s sitcom Family Ties). I am 56-years-old, and I like who I am more than ever. I have always been fascinated by the beauty of older people. I felt drawn to their wisdom and life experience since I was a girl. Why then am I now pulling my skin taught in the mirror and looking at what my skin looked like in the past? What do I believe? I lived my life fully. I earned every one of those wrinkles!
We are all surrounded by messages pushing youthful skin treatments. More people I know are suddenly looking 20 years younger after taking “a little bit of time away.” I don’t judge them. But I am fundamentally curious about what a truly empowered stance would look like. We must each ponder what we believe to be true. Otherwise, it’s hard in midlife and later to feel beautiful, confident, and strong in our amazing bodies. Reflection and intention are needed to be whole and well.
What do you believe to be true about your body as it is aging? What do you want for yourself as you are lucky to be alive for another decade?
I am a business and personal reinvention coach with a particular interest in midlife. I help my clients get out of their own way and become better versions of themselves. If you want to jump on a call to explore how to tweak your life upward, I would be delighted.
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