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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I read a blog today that expressed an opinion similar to the way I feel about wrinkles. The blogger said that she had lost a lot of weight and had stretch marks, which had faded from very pink to more or less skin color. The wrinkles, she indicated, were there because of the weight she had lost, and she'd rather be wrinkled and healthy than not wrinkled and very overweight.

I haven't lost much weight yet, but my neck seems to be where it is coming off noticeably, as it looks pretty wrinkled.

Yesterday after I noticed this I was dusting an area where I have some family albums. I had one that had a photo of my mom and her sister, about 4 years apart in age. My mom had had two face lifts, my aunt had not had any. My mom was edging toward the end of her life, and she was stooped over and her skin was blotchy. My aunt had not had any face lifts and was noticeably more wrinkled, but had an alert expression, good posture, and good skin tone.

That aunt is now 90 years old and reported the other day that she was getting her raspberry plants weeded, and noted with satisfaction that the garden was full of worms. She is looking forward to gardening, even though my uncle, who had been the one who did the tilling, died at age 93 last December. Her grandson will come to do the tilling for her.

She also walks two miles every day, and is as wrinkled - and alert looking with good posture and skin tone - as she was several years ago. I take inspiration from her, and am determined, wrinkles or no, to live a healthy, productive life, looking forward to the good I can do for myself and others.
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