This week in Women We Love, I talk about the oh so taboo topic of aging. There. I said it. Yes, I mean growing older, inevitably gaining wrinkles, grey hairs, and going through a whole lot of bodily changes we are not always so eager to talk about, especially as women. Cameron Diaz, 43, has just come out with her second book, The Longevity Book, where she explores the science of growing older and encourages young women to make better informed choices about their health that goes beyond the latest health trends.
A few days ago, I was looking in the mirror while smiling and noticed something that made me stop dead in my tracks- wrinkles. Wrinkles under my eyes! With my 23rd birthday fast approaching, I felt a sting of panic rise through me. “I’m never going to be as young as I am right now” I thought to myself while glaring at my reflection. Oh no. I was going to have to get botox in a few years. My hairs were going to turn grey! I was going to some day have even more wrinkles than I do right now! How was I going to stop this? But more importantly, why did I want to stop this?
If you’ve ever felt panic about growing older, you’re most definitely not alone. Cameron Diaz once worried about her wrinkles too, and even went as far as trying botox for herself to soothe those worries. After trying botox Cameron revealed, ‘It changed my face in such a weird way that I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to [be] like [that].’
What helped me to realize how utterly ridiculous I was being was Cameron’s new found positive attitude and acceptance of herself. “I’d rather see my face aging than a face that doesn’t belong to me at all. It’s like, “Guess what this means, I’ve smiled my whole life.” I love life, I’m happy I don’t have a problem with that.” Reading this has honestly changed my entire perspective on growing older.
Cameron’s first book, The Body Book, is one where she explores everything she has learned about the mind, body, and health and empowers women to embrace a long-term healthy, happy life. Cameron also has a blog where she shares health tips, and offers advice on how to find peace with one’s own body which I encourage you to check out!
With plastic surgery being so prevalent in our society today, it’s hard to feel as though aging has a place within our society at all. I’m not condemning plastic surgery in any way- if you feel like it’s right for you, then all the more power to you! For me it’s about learning to accept that aging isn’t a curse, but rather a beautiful gift. It’s a gift to be able to grow older because it means we are still here! Each wrinkle is a sign of the life we’ve lived, and that is not something we should be ashamed of. If smiling and laughing is going to give me more wrinkles, well, so be it. I would rather live a joyful, healthy life than constantly worry about trying to stop an inevitable process that is part of who I am.
How do you feel about aging? I would love to hear about your personal experiences and thoughts on this topic!