You Look Good For Your Age! Excuse Me??? What The Heck Does That Mean?!?
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Lately I have been getting a lot of comments about how "good" I look for my age. I am pretty sure most people mean that as a compliment. Or, maybe not. But, I started thinking about it today and I feel like that statement implies there is an expectation of how most women my age look or should look. I have no problem telling anyone I will be 60 in April. It is just a number and not a reflection of how I feel. But, why do I get the feeling I am expected to look like a train wreck at that age? Thank God I look "good" for my age!
Personally, the most beautiful women I know wear their age with dignity and grace. The lines in their faces show a lifetime of smiles and frowns and tears. The skin on their hands is soft and fine with pronounced blue veins. Those hands have prepared meals to nourish others, held their husband and children and prayed to their God. I think of my mother (I miss her still) who was beautiful until the day she passed. My mother-in-law is 85 years old and just as beautiful as she has always been in the 32 years I have known her. I guess you could say they look "good" for their age. But, why would you?
OK, this is turning into quite a rambling blog. So, if you are going to pay a compliment to anyone simply say, "You look good (or great, or mah-velous)". Period. Skip the "for your age" bit. Or, any other modifier for that matter. Looking good is good enough. After all, we all want to look good, don't we? That's why we are here. We are developing healthier lifestyles because we want to "look" and "feel" good for a very long time!