What can I say after that headline? Do I feel sixty? Mentally, definitely not. Physically, sometimes. Do I look sixty? I have to say no just because no one who hasn’t known me forever, does not believe my age when I tell it. When I’m with my daughter, people look at us and ask tentatively “Are you sisters?”. They see an age difference but not enough to definitively think I’m her mother. It’s kind of funny really.
I like to have people try to guess my age. In the last year I’ve gotten everything from late twenties to 40ish? I just laugh and tell them my actual age and laugh again at their reaction. I’m not trying to brag about looking young for my age, it’s just what it is. Oddly, when I was a teen everyone thought I was older but now it is reversed.
What’s the secret to my youthful appearance you may ask? Two things.
- As a teen and even up to the last few years, I’ve had oily skin. Not bad, breakout kind of skin (although that certainly happens from time to time), just genetically well lubed.
- TMI ALERT: This may be partly due to finally (at 60 years old!) getting to menopause.
- I’m overweight. Every time says to me how few wrinkles I have I always tell them, “Gain 20 pounds, your face will smooth right out!”.
There is really only one place on my face that shows my age, and it has been showing my age for at least 30 years and that is my eyelids. Even though I have sort of droopy eyelids the skin on them has been crepey (having a wrinkled surface) for the longest time. No matter what cream I use it doesn’t seem to have an affect on them.
But all things considered I feel pretty lucky. No one would ever call me a beauty or even pretty. I always describe myself as not unattractive. So I’m happy that, at least, I got the youthful thing going for me. Working in technology you tend to work with a lot of young (right out of college) people. They tend to be more comfortable working with someone who looks closer in age to them than not.
So what am I going to do today to celebrate? Well after almost having a heart attack earlier due to getting a surprise visit from a friend I haven’t seen in 4 years (really my heart is still working hard) which was masterminded by my wonderful daughter, I think the 3 of us are going out to dinner to enjoy some good food and maybe some wine.
At 60, I don’t think anyone is going to card me!
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