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Does This Make You Uneasy?

Own Your Age - you've earned it -  Ann Again and again

Something occurred the other day that got me thinking about how my daughters perceive me.  While I was getting ready to have an at-home spa day, I noticed that my face firmer-upper-thingy wasn't working.  Here I am, my face slathered in the special "facial conductive gel", going through the house looking for a new battery.  Finally I found a 9-volt in the back of a junk drawer and connect the do-hickey's, turn on the power and... nothin'.

I'm standing in the bathroom, making faces and trying the power button again and again, but it still doesn't work.  'What?!  Give me a break!' I say out loud.  My 16 y/o daughter walks by and says "Mom you don't need that stuff anyway.  You look great.  Why are you trying to look younger?"  Aww, that's sweet, kind of.  There seems to be a misunderstanding, however.

My daughter thinks I'm trying to look younger.  No, that's not it.  I'm fine sharing my age (that would be 47).  Just because I want to keep my features looking the best they can doesn't mean I want to appear younger.  I'm trying to put forward the best me I can.  I know that wrinkles will happen, I know that things will sag.  But how I look now,  how I feel now, that is 47 years old for me.  I'm not trying to look younger, just the best version of me I can be.

How do you feel about age?  Do you share your age proudly?  Or, are you a bit shy about the number of your years?  Does it make you uneasy to tell others how old you are?  If so, why? And if not, share with us how to feel better about age.

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43 comments:

  1. 56 and proud to share. After what is the alternative? BTW Ann.. you look marvelous!

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  2. Why thank you dear Martha. And you are ROCKIN' at 56!

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  3. 52 for this lady! Proud to be it and a Grandmother of 5 also. I think age is all in the mind really. I can't wait to look as good as my Mom did on her 70th! We are living longer I do believe, so a bit a wrinkle cream here and there is only as you stated, for YOU! Nice too meet and follow you, #BloggyBuddy

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  4. I have you all beat! I'm 63 and proud of it! I workout, eat right, and knock on wood, I'm in perfect health! Age is just a number! It's what you feel inside that counts!

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  5. Looks like I'm the youngest to comment so far. I'm 38, but as far as anyone is concerned I'm 25. Dh plays along by getting me a happy 25th bday cake every year and even my 19yo dd and her friend play along. I actually feel better in many ways than I did at 25, and I think part of that is thinking of myself as younger than my DL says I am.

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    1. Hahaha! I just celebrated the 13th anniversary of my 25th birthday... That's what I do, if someone asks me how old I am I either say "25" or "I just celebrated the__ anniversary of my 25th birthday"! LOL! It's all in fun though because I'm very obviously NOT 25 anymore!
      Sheila
      SeeSheilaRun

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  6. I am feeling the stress of my age for the past year. Since I'm now in my "late 20s", I feel like I'm not where I envisioned myself to be in my life at this point! Just goes to show how much your kids are watching what you're doing and what an impact you can have on them!

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  7. Well...I will be turning 36 in less than two weeks, and I am told that I look much younger. I don't care sharing my age because at this point...people don't believe it .I really like how you highlighted in your post about being the best 'you' that you can be. I truly believe that being happy, staying positive, having a good attitude, and laughing a lot contributes greatly to having a youthful appearance.

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  8. In my case, 31 is the new 31. When I turned 30 I convinced my (then 5 year old) son to say I was 20-10 because that is what comes after 29 and I still wanted to be in my 20's. Every once in a while I will say to my husband "are we really 31?" It is not so much my age that is the problem, but how fast time seems to have moved when you look back.

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  9. i have to admit, my age makes no never mind to me... in a way, if I look back it makes me think how foolish I was as a youngster wanting to be dead before I reached the extremely old age of 50 (and to think that's only 2 years away!).. (grin)... I have no issues no with hoping I'll reach 60, 70 or even 80... :)

    Annette @ A Net in Time (http://anetintimeschooling.weebly.com/a-net-in-time-blog.html)

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  10. I've never really been bothered about age, but like to look good. I recently had the opportunity to try Botox, and it removed my "squint" lines. I now have a budget to include this. I've wondered what my daughters think about this but they don't seem to care, and I looked well rested instead of tired.

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  11. I think at 26 years of age im the youngest one to comment. My mum is 50. So im guilty of telling my mother what your daughter told you. But now i know better.

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  12. I still feel young, but I'm only 27. The closer I get to 30, I feel like it's not as big of a deal as everyone acts like it is. My husband will be 30 next month and he doesn't seem any different, lol. I agree that the point is to put the best "you" forward, not to turn back the clock. We'll see if I feel the same about that in 20 years or so ;)

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  13. My age doesn't bother me too much, it was a bit of a bummer to be out of my twenties officially, but really I just feel like more of a grown up!

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  14. I'm 45 and I've been very blessed to always look younger than my age. Lately, I've noticed that I'm losing some elasticity in my face (I know because I've read all about it) and I have a few darker spots. And, I have to confess, it's bugging me. So, I totally agree with you!

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  15. 44 and I'm okay with it! All of the years leading up to this one have made me who I am. So, thanks for the reminder that it's ok to "be" my age...even if I sometimes don't "act" my age ;)

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  16. I'm 35 and share my age openly to those who ask, although it's not posted on my FB account. ;-) I think there are many benefits at each age, and I definitely wouldn't want to be a teenager again. Thanks for the reminder to own it, no matter what your age!

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  17. I'm 27 and share with whomever asks! I thin kit's important though to be proud of the age we are no matter what!

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  18. My age doesn't bother me, yet haha. I'm still in my 20's. But getting really close to 30 which is crazy.

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  19. I'm 38 and my body is starting to lose its battle with gravity. Thankfully, my husband says he will always love me regardless. I am perfectly happy with how old I am, but like you I want to look MY best (not like the model on the front cover). Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I just turned 40 in December and it's been an adjustment. Much more than I thought it would be. But I am trying to embrace it!

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  21. I'm 26 and not bothered by my age. After all, it's just a number. You are as young as you feel. Taking care of yourself and staying positive will keep your heart young and your years only make you wiser...Not such a bad thing :)

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  22. I love the real life statements kids can make. So many times it's my kids who bring me back to "reality". Sounds like yours did too!

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  23. I'm 31 and never really thought too much about my age. I definitely think it's more about how you feel and what you've been able to accomplish with your life in whatever time you have, that is more important. -Ana

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  24. At 50, I feel more beautiful now than I did as a teen! Much more confidence and knowledge. I do kind of wish it were as easy to stay slim, but I'm generally very happy with what I have and look forward to the years ahead.

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  25. I turned 29 yesterday!! And I say bring on the 30s!! It only means more years with my husband and more little people! 30s sound great!!

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  26. 36. Not ashamed. I spent years being ashamed of my age, I had so many people tell me how "young I was" in my 20s that I felt bad. Really? Not anymore!

    Erica
    We Three Crabs

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  27. I'm 45 and the only reason that makes me sad is because I'm running out of "baby" years. I have eight but wouldn't mind more. They keep me young. My husband is always telling me I don't look my age. I don't feel it either.

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  28. I'm okay with my age.. though I often forget how old I am! I do agree though that we can do our best to look our best and that doesn't mean we're ashamed about getting old. I like looking nice and I think some extra pampering is always a nice way to relax.

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  29. I am 49 turning 50 in May and I'm proud of it. People always think I am 15-20 years younger than I really am because they say my face and personality are young. My face is thanks to Olay face wash and moisturizer and personality is thanks to the grace of God.

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  30. I'm about to turn 27. Most days I'm fine with my age, but some days I feel "too young" because sometimes people don't take my suggestions seriously in a discussion (at church, especially). But what can you do? I'm trying not to judge, and I wish people would stop judging me too.

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  31. I'm a proud 41, but people think I'm much younger. I used to get mad about that, but now it's a good thing.

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  32. I am 28. I think that growing older is beautiful and an honor. I hope to always embrace my age and my beauty.

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  33. I'm still in my 20s and I already don't want to share my age! Not because its a bad age, I just feel like I should be more accomplished this far in my life. And I don't feel my age anyways, I feel younger. I prefer to go with the one that fits, not the one on my birth certificate :)

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  34. I just celebrated my 32nd birthday! I'm an old duck in a young pond here, but I love it. It's going to be a big shock when we move in a couple years and re-enter the "real world", but I'm sure that will be an adventure too.

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  35. I have thought about this a lot (really, really a lot!!) And have come to what I consider the most excellent idea of changing my age each year as to how I feel. I am currently 44 or so. Maybe 42 - as it's still only February I still haven't decided :-)
    I say age is a matter of how you feel! The actual number is meaningless.

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  36. I'm about to hit 40 and become a grandma around the same time. The age number really doesn't bother me more than the idea that at some point I am no longer going to be around on this planet. It's making me looki more closely at how and where I spend my time.

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  37. You look marvelous! I am proud to be 3 days from 41 years old. I enjoyed my thirties more than my twenties. I am lovin' the 40's so far and feel younger every year! I think that as long as life doesn't become boring and one doesn't settle for hum-drum...................it just keeps getting better all the time!

    Natalie @ http://maypopshop.com/crochet/

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  38. I'm 34 and proud. I feel that each year that goes by I get better and more original...there's no one like me and I love that :)

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  39. I turned 40 last year, and it feels GOOD. In my 40s, I will probably see my oldest two marry and have children, my youngest two head to college, my husband retire from the Army, and me pursue my passions of writing and teaching. And I can still outrun my 20 y/o most days :)

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  40. I'm delighted to have just turned 48. Much of my youth, even as far into my life as my thirties, were a struggle. I feel like at this age I'm finally coming into my own. And, truth be told, I can't wait for my 50's. They are going to be my decade!

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  41. I turned 40 last Summer and I'd say it's the first time I've really thought about my age. I enjoyed my 30s, which were mostly spent running around after toddlers. This year, both of my kids are in school and I've gone back to work. Suddenly I'm in an office surrounded by 20-somethings and I wonder how they see me (the old woman?) I'm more aware of moisturising and looking after my skin now, as I don't think I'll get away with sleeping in my make-up any more!

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  42. I've never had a problem with sharing my age, which is currently 37. I do hate when people tell me I look younger as a compliment because I feel like, as women, we are constantly bombarded with messages that looking older = looking bad. I wish our society celebrated older women more, instead of always trying to sell us the latest wrinkle treatment.

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