I know a lot of women are very conscious of every wrinkle, every sag and jowl, age spots and drooping flesh. I know I am. I see my crepey skin and think, how did I get so old? How do I look to younger people?
No amount of cosmetics or styling my clothes is going to change that I'm going to keep aging. All I can do is accept it and accept the me that is a crone.
I watched one of Michael Palin's programs the other night, one of his Himalaya series. When he first appeared on camera, my husband said, He's looking old. But I thought, He's a handsome person. Sure, he's not young - he'll be 70 this year.
But he's the kind of person I would love to be around, no matter what his age. He's fun, open-minded, friendly. He doesn't appear to be concerned about his own image. He smiles a lot.
I hope I can be like him as I continue to age - courteous and respectful, open-minded, and with a good sense of humor. I want to see the good side of things, and not be concerned that my eyebrows are turning gray and my upper arms wobble.
I want to have a personality that is ageless.