Waking up and checking our smartphones is a sign of the times I think.
I check to see if my kiddo needs me. I check to see what the schedule is like at work, the weather, how many of you read my latest post, and what some small-minded arsehole of a man has decided I need to know about making myself beautiful.
Ok, the last point – I really don’t wake up to read that. I am exposed to it.
This morning, while scrolling through my feed Cheech Marin shared a post that suggested what not to do to stay youthful looking. Some of the tips included;
Do not wear jersey anything
Do not wear long hair.
Don’t wear loose fitting anything, but don’t wear skinny jeans either
Don’t wear chunky, funky frames for your glasses.
Don’t wear a specific shade of pantyhose.
Although some of the suggestions may feel right to some of the women out there, it all felt a little too 1950’s-keep-your-ankles-crossed to me.
And really, Cheech Marin is sharing this? Cheech, I’ve got news for you; grown women don’t give a shit what you think, and perhaps you might take a look in the mirror? Oh, no, I’m not going there and being nasty about his looks. Nope. That’s not what this is about.
Cheech, like everyone else on the planet is beautiful because of his smile, his authentic style, and his way of being Cheech, nothing more and nothing less.
Which brings me to the essence of what I want to say; screw everyone else’s ideas. For instance, I demanded a small piece of chocolate cake for breakfast…
Ok, maybe make healthy choices for yourself so you don’t end up with gout, but do be (doo-be-doo) sure to enjoy this life.
My suggestions for staying youthful for women and men;
Don’t let your weight hold you back from anything. Back fat and belly rolls do not mean you deserve to be holed up in the house alone. Laughter and curiosity are healthy, no matter what your size.
Wear your hair however you damn well please, and don’t worry about it all day long.
Make-up: Do whatever makes you feel good. Some days I’m glam, some days I’m ma’am.
Clothing; Are you comfortable? Yes? Then that’s good.
Pantyhose – do whatever floats your boat – men, women and everyone on the spectrum.
Jersey fabric – absofreakinglutely.
Eyeglasses; You likely will need them as you age. Wear something funky, wear something classic, just fucking wear them so you don’t have to ask someone else to read menus or street signs to you.
Do not be so infatuated with yourself that you miss out on the wonderful world around you. Do not be a navel gazer…
And that my darlings is your list to help you stay youthful. Look outward. See the world, and engage in it. No one cares about your hair, or your panty hose, or the shade of your frames. We do care that you are clean, authentic and kind.
Be true to your personal values.