Beauty At Any Age – Boomers Are Aspirational
Sometimes we all need to be reminded that we are beautiful and that beauty is ageless. You may have missed the clip above from this past Monday morning’s NBC Today Show. Had I not been on I would not have watched since I have been in protest mode since Anne Curry was fired. Oprah was on at the same time with Gayle and Charley Rose promoting The Butler. But in case you missed it, I wanted to share it.
Growth sometimes comes in unexpected ways. I had a lesson on beauty. I did not have poor self esteem relative to how I looked as a young person because what I lacked in physical beauty I made up in brains. Just say’n. This is how I held my vision of who I was together. I was no slouch but given society’s definition of beauty, I would not have won beauty contests. I won other contests that I came to believe mattered. Again, my reasoning.
I say this to say that seeing myself on electronic media got me over a mental hump. I realize I can communicate using this medium, if I want to because I give myself permission to. I don’t know if that makes any sense. But my unspoken hang-up about my physicality on the “beauty” front seems to have shrunk.
People have asked me how I came to be involved in this production. Jen of WeAreWomenOnline asked me whether I might be interested in participating. In truth, I do not know the specifics of how things unfolded before it got to me. My understanding is that NBC’s Today Show wanted to produce a piece based on the huge response the NY Times received after a humorist blogger posted her experience on turning 60 and buying a swimsuit —- as if BOOMERS ARE NOT ASPIRATIONAL AND DO NOT WANT TO LOOK GOOD. I could talk about this at length but let me stay focused.
My first inclination was to say no since I would have no control over the message. Then someone I shared this request with stated that “possibly” I might get an opportunity to mention my website and good things could come of this. So that was my motivation. I guess you can see I continue to believe in opportunity. This did not happen …..yet 😀
But as a result of this experience, I wound up with more confidence about my personal beauty. Rock On!!! I give thanks my body is serving me with good health and I can deal with the rest. There are cosmetics, clothes to hide flaws and even corrective procedures, if that is what you want to do.
Tell me, how do you feel about your beauty? Got any little hangups still lingering?