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Playing in the sun

Aging gracefully
Aging gracefully

Later that same day, I went to a mirror and looked for a long time, trying to see the timeless glory of crow’s-feet, the resplendence of having survived.  Instead I saw a woman in her early forties who grew up playing all day in the sun.  Who knew?

~ Anne Lamott

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The Beauty Experiment

The Beauty Experiment

… Along both sides of the escalator were also hundreds of billboard advertisements, many for cosmetics, jeweled watches, designer clothing, spa services, and beauty salons.  Commerce was a big game in Hong Kong, and women’s luxury commerce often seemed to be the biggest game of all.

I let my eyes skip over the ads, feeling them push me toward the usual attitudes of improvement and correction.  This manipulation had never bothered me before, but today it felt aggressive, violent even.  It made me want to crumple and hide, but also hit back.

“I don’t have to play,” I thought.  A years-long frustration took a sudden, surprising, shape.  I could stop.  I try and try, and it never works; I never become beautiful.  So why not give up?  What would happen if I simply stopped buying all those new clothes, new shoes, accessories, and hair products I think I need?  What if I stopped using concealer, enhancer, and wrinkle corrector, and what if I stopped hoping that they would work?  How would I feel then?  How would I look?  Would doing that silence the nasty inner Voice?  Would I start to feel a beauty apart from all the unattainable femaleness around me… or not?

~ Phoebe Hyde Baker, The Beauty Experiment

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