I named my blog Silver Threading for a couple of reasons, the first being that I have silver hair, which I like to think represents my wisdom. In fact, I love my hair because it is a liberation of sorts for me to not have to prove myself anymore. I am at the point in my life that I am finally comfortable with who I have become. I refuse to color my hair because I want the world to see the real me. No pretense, and no bull!
Apparently, my liberation has spread through my neighborhood. Two of my neighbors, who are older than me, have recently decided to join the “silver threading” club. Both of these ladies have decided to quit using hair color and let their silver and greys all hang out! How liberating is that?
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The usual perception of age is that if you are young, you want to be older. If you are older, you long for your youth. Frankly, I am happy with my age right now. I have enough wisdom to keep myself out of trouble yet, I still yearn to try new things. I take care of my body, watch the foods I eat, exercise, and try to do all the things that you should for my age. I like to think that I am aging gracefully.
I think I was blessed with the right amount of “age genes” so that I am able to not look my age. My daughters have inherited this favored gene also. All three of us are mistaken for our ages quite frequently. My Prussian genes actually gave me something other than big hips!
However, that is the problem with age today. How you look influences everyone else’s perception of age. If you look older, many times you are lumped into a category where people believe you will behave in a certain way. For example, if you have grey hair it is believed that you belong to the Baby Boomer generation and are technology-challenged. That is a total misconception on the part of younger people today. Not all Baby Boomers are challenged when it comes to technology. I’m not and I know there are many of us out there who embrace technology and all that goes along with it.
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I have never understood why age is such a big deal. It is not something that you can change. You can change your looks so that you do not look to be a certain age, but in the end, you are most certainly still that age. I feel like it is just a bunch of smoke and mirrors and in the end it does not really matter.
I never wanted to look like that woman who is trying to look young so she wears clothes that are inappropriate for her age. You know the kind I mean…
So, I have decided that I am happy with the age I am today. I worked hard to gain all of this wisdom. I was not taken seriously in the working world until I was at least 40 years old! Only then, was I comfortable to say what I thought. I also found that I was comfortable with my knowledge and skill set within my field. It took a long time to get there though.
I believe women improve with age. We are truly like a fine wine, not ripe until our time. Embrace whatever age you are right now. Be happy in your skin!
Leave it to me to bring the subject back to wine! Cheers!
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