We were heading out of a very noisy eatery - having sat through lunch knees-to-noses with a shit load whole lot of businessfolk - when Slightly-British Daughter said something I couldn't quite hear (because of the noise).
It was even harder to hear her because she was curled in on herself - kinda like a daughter ball.
"Whaaaat?" I asked shoutishly (again, because of the noise).
Then I heard her. In between gasps of laughter (and this wasn't even a drinking lunch) she explained that her arms and legs weren't working with her - they were in revolt, so she'd said: "my body is revolting". And realized, as the words came out, that those words had more than one meaning.
Not so funny: I struggle with that feeling sometimes - the "my body is revolting" thing.
Ok, I don't actually (usually) feel that my body is revolting, but as I get older I'm less than thrilled with some of the changes my body is making. I mean - gravity.
And here's my confession: I recently doctored a photo before sharing it on Instagram (see photos above and below). Gasp!
I didn't exactly give myself a Photoshop facelift - or attach my head to the body of a 20 year old. What I did do was kinda sorta hide my chin(s).
That wasn't even my original intention. I was just trying to frame a photo so that the squirrel in my head stood out. About that squirrel (so you don't think I'm completely nuts) - the photo was my silly response to The idea Room's Instagram photo-a-day prompt: "in my head".
So, as I messed with framing the photo (full confession) I got kind of excited about hiding my chin(s). When I realized how much it mattered to me to hide those chins I decided to confess.
Because I could imagine that, unconfessed, I'd find myself hiding more and more things more and more often.
When I read my friend Jane Cunningham's pro- aging balm post about aging (which made me want to cheer, spin and dance naked in the moonlight!) I decided it was time to share my confession (which had been sitting around waiting to be finished for weeks).
In Jane's post she declares: "I am going to go all Wabi Sabi on the war against aging women. I will not hide this - I want my daughters to feel beautiful when they are my age. I want them to know beauty is more than porcelain skin and pert breasts. No platitudes about what shines from the inside will do in this surface loving world."
Oh, let's join with Jane! (Read Jane's pro- again balm!!!)
Let's LIVE this!
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