Is Aging The New Medical Condition To Fear?

{by} Sasha | Crows' Feet, Cupcakes, and Cellulite 

In light of the recent anti-aging breakthroughs (namely scientists working tirelessly towards halting the aging process and a pill to prevent gray hair), it begs the question: is “aging” the new medical condition to fear? Perhaps an over-the-top question, but most women I know (and plenty of men) talk about aging as if it’s a major illness. Honestly, the way some of my girlfriends talk about wrinkles you’d think they had a degenerative disease of some sort.

These days, people are flocking to plastic surgeons like moths to a flame – all in hopes they’ll stop the proverbial clock. In fact, in 2010, 9.5 million people had cosmetic surgery. That’s up 9% from 2009, with breast augmentation and liposuction topping the list of procedures. Our fixation with youth is rampant, as the thought of age (such an ugly word) has become a stigma. It’s left me questioning my thoughts and character on the matter and, despite my best efforts, my virtues don’t seem to fall into the “grow old gracefully” bucket…

Is Aging Gracefully For Sissies?

After much thought and soul searching, I’ve concluded that I’m on the fence when it comes to this topic. While my moral character tells me I should consider my smile lines a badge of a happy life and my crows’ feet a brand of years of laughter, my vanity gets the best of me as I scrutinize my wrinkles in the mirror. (I’ll spare you my rants on the toll gravity has taken on areas below my the neck.) But instead of fretting over signs of aging, shouldn’t we be grateful we’re healthy and able? Not an easy task with titles like crows’ feet, turkey neck, old lady hands, cellulite, and age spots. It’s all too easy to get sucked into the frenzy. Read on…

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