I recently read "Stop Aging Now," by Jean Carper. And yes, as a matter of fact I do have a birthday coming up.
While I’m not suggesting you run out and purchase the book, there was some good information that might interest those of you who, like me, have begun to see Father Time’s effects when you look in the mirror.
After reading the book, I spent some time reflecting on how I really felt about this whole "approaching middle-age" thing.
When I was in my 20s, I was blessed to look much younger than I was. It never bothered me when I got carded or when my husband said he felt like people thought he was a cradle robber.
I had three of our four children while still in my 20s, which, as all female readers know, means that it wasn’t difficult for me to lose all of that baby fat.
Turning 30 didn’t bother me, even though many of my friends dreaded that age. I suppose I was too busy with our babies to give it much thought.
Our fourth was born when I was 32, and I could definitely tell a difference, both with my more difficult pregnancy and with losing the baby fat.
While those crazy years with four little ones is sometimes a blur, I am definitely happy that I had our children when I was young compared to today’s trend.
I know women who waited until they were in their late 30s and early 40s to have their first child. I just don’t know how they get up in the night. As I got older, I found almost nothing can rival a good night’s sleep … and just how dependent I am on that very thing.
My father always used to say how the older you get, the younger other people tend to look. That is especially true when it comes to doctors. When I meet some of these doctors, I almost feel as if I should ask to see their driver’s license. Some look like they are 12 years old. The same goes for many teachers. Some look so young I mistake them for the students.
One of my good friends (who is about my age) said that at the grocery store recently the young cashier asked her if she wanted the senior citizens’ discount.
She said no and then made a beeline to the hair color and makeup section of the store.
This same friend said her dermatologist asked her if she was interested in getting any work done. Ouch.
Please, dermatologists, don’t ask us that question. If we want work done, we will ask you.
I do have friends who have experimented with various "procedures" to slow the aging process. I am way too much of a baby when it comes to all things medical to volunteer to be cut or shot up with stuff.
That’s one reason I like "Stop Aging Now." The author focuses on the health aspects of looking and feeling younger. Taking various supplements, eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of healthy fluids, exercising and getting enough sleep is much more appealing to me than going under the knife or getting a shot in my face.
I also think the old saying, "You are only as old as you feel," rings true. Keep your attitude positive, and keep humor in your life.
Count your blessings every day and surround yourself with uplifting and inspiring people. And perhaps most importantly, reach out to others and help those who need it.
Serving others makes you step outside of yourself and realize what is really important in life.
Adlen Robinson is author of "Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home." E-mail her at email@example.com.