Grow Old Or Die!

Kimberley A.  Johnson
Why do so many women feel ashamed to admit their age?
I am forty-three. I have no problem telling anyone how old I am. I never have. In fact when I was thirty-two and was no longer pursuing acting, I found myself at a slew of Hollywood parties filled with producers and directors and various actors. Because I had been out of the industry for about a year, I no longer felt the pressure of how I looked or how others perceived me in order to book a gig. I was free. It became a game with me that when I met a new producer, I would tell them I was ten years older than I was and would offer how much I weighed. I could see them cringing for me and then they would lecture me on how I was supposed to keep those things private. My stock answer was “Famous people’s ages and birthdays are announced every night on “Entertainment Tonight.”

What difference does it make? If you look old and say you’re younger than you are, people either know you’re lying or they think you really look old. If you look good for your age, others see that and respect that you have the freedom to be honest.
Clearly as we age, we lose the youthful allure we get so used to in our adult life. We all want to feel attractive, sexy and alluring. I believe women at any age can be and are attractive and it’s no secret that no matter what you look like, how old you are or how much you weigh, if you want to have sex and/or a relationship, you can find someone.
Our culture has so much to do with it. Magazines are one of the worst culprits. I no longer buy or read beauty magazines. They bombard you with hypocritical messages. Open it up and see an article claiming you can erase years off of your face with the latest and greatest face cream. Next page is an article about how you should love yourself they way you are. The next is a picture of a mature woman who has been totally airbrushed and wrinkle free. Take this seriously and you may find yourself running to the plastic surgeon or beating yourself up because you have lines.
Regardless of how you look, age is something you have earned. You have acquired knowledge, experience, wisdom. If someone else is going to pass negative judgment on you, isn’t that their problem? Why do we make it our problem?
In the last decade, I have known men who also have a hard time with the age thing though men do have it easier. They get to be “distinguished.’ Not all, there are those men who don’t age well. But so what??? WHY is it such a big deal? 
I take pride in knowing I have survived the challenges life has thrown at me as well as riding the wave of all the wonderful things it has to offer. I do wish I had the body I did when I was about thirty-five. I was smokin’ hot. But I don’t. I still look pretty damn good! I work out and eat well. Every day, Father Time takes his toll…on all of us. Shame should not be a factor. The alternative is death. Which would you prefer?

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Copyright Ark Stories 2011


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Starr Tammy
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 04:45:08

    hey AKAJ…i’m also happy with where i’m at and am proud of every one of my 48 yrs…i’m looking forward to pushing 50 with a ten year old…however, many of those i date, seem to have a huge problem with it….i just keep looking forward to staying on track with those things i’ve been saving to do when i hit retirement….or my 80’s…whichever comes first!!!


  2. Sienke
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 10:01:05

    That’s so well said! Every stage in life has its beauty. Now I’m young and it’s nice, expect that you sometimes don’t have a clue of what you’re doing and what you want. But some day I will be old and I hope I will be sitting on my front porch then with some of those charming wrinkles (cause charming they are!) and with grey hair and some beautiful grand children on my knee.
    Every stage in life has its charms so don’t be afraid of aging or you will miss some beautiful stages in your life!


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