Warning: If you are under 50, you may as well not read any further. You just won't get it!
Yesterday I went in to my daughter's salon and she cut and colored my hair! Oh how I love to go for my freshening up. But sitting there in her chair, looking straight ahead into the very unflattering mirror before me, is SO depressing! I know what you're thinking. No one looks great sitting in front of that mirror, with wet hair, a towel around your neck, layers of foil on your head looking something akin to ruffled tin lamp shade. But yesterday, it was even more than that. We were chatting with the esthetician in her shop, a very nice lady named Donna. She was showing me some sunscreen and powder for my face. She said that with my vitiligo, I need to be very careful with any exposure to sun. That to prevent this ugly auto immune disease from spreading to my face, or at least to slow the process, that I need to wear a hat at all times in the sun, and always, always, always wear sunscreen. I am pretty good about it. But I still go in the pool, and I garden, and I enjoy being outside. But I do not enjoy the sun anymore. It hurts my skin. She used her products on my skin, and oh...I loved them. But they are PRICEY! I didn't buy any yet. But she gave me lots of samples. I used the samples on my face last night. Carefully following her instructions. I woke up today and I'll be darned if I didn't look one bit younger!!!! Hmmmfph!
Speaking of looking old. I can barely put my makeup on these days without the assistance of a 10X mirror! And even with that, I better have a lot of q-tips at the ready to mop up the smears and miscalculations!!! And speaking of a 10X mirror...nobody even told me I was growing a full beard! What's up with that? And what about what happens to your skin at this age? My knees!!!! They got all wrinkly. When did THAT happen? I love to wear shorts. All year I wear shorts. But now, I look for knee length shorts!!! It seems like the areas to hide are getting larger and larger. The bat wing arms.....the wrinkled knees, the turkey neck, the butt that slid right off my backside and disappeared altogether. Let's not even talk about boobs. Yeah, I've got em. I've got plenty of them too. But they are nowhere NEAR where they are supposed to be. And the 80 dollar bras I wear just aren't making it all better anymore. Spanx. We've all got it. We all use it. But now I need something more like a suit of armor to help. Fifty sucks! It happened almost overnight. This..this...hideous joke that mother nature plays on us ladies. As if the physical wasn't bad enough. We also have to deal with the M word. I am so hot most of the time that I feel like I am on fire. My husband says he levitates at night because I have so many fans blowing on us! The ceiling fan above us on turbo speed, and a fan next to me on the night table on SUPER DUPER HIGH. Sometimes, even that isn't enough. I could jump in the pool several times a day, just to cool off a bit. And I often do. In the winter, you could hang meat in our house. I like it THAT cold!!! Everyone else is in sweatshirts, ear muffs and nose socks, and I am just right. So now, in addition to losing all of the pigment in my skin, I am feeling like the Saggy Baggy Elephant too. There is no magic pill. No magic elixir. No remedy that I know of. Like they said in a favorite movie of mine....Steel Magnolias...TIME is marching right across my face!!! I used to run. I was a spring board diver in my high school years. I could swim forever and not get tired. I would ski around the lake until the boat ran of gas! And now, I just feel worn out! Bad day? I don't know. Bad week? Maybe. Bad year, Yep, on the nosey! In the words of my daughter Erika's friend Tiana.....SUCK IT FIFTY!!!!
I will be back tomorrow with a much improved attitude!!!!