GRAND Magazine - Spring 2022 - 10

beauty
"
10 GRAND Winter 2022
Oh, vanity...
you are
a harsh companion!
"
I laughed when my friend told me. I laughed because she sounded horrified
by the latter half of that compliment. I understood why as I sat in
her position myself at one time. The wake-up call that swiftly moves you
from, " You look beautiful " to " You look beautiful for your age, " blindsides
most of us. Yesterday still seems so touchable. Then I realize that an entire
life happened in between, including five children who continue to remind
me daily that I am no longer twenty. And they are.
They also remind me, however, of the true beauty of the words " for
your age " as the meaning behind them goes far deeper than one's value
in relation to a few lines. These words encapsulate all of my accomplishments,
contributions, and dedication throughout the years to those I love
as well as my community and the world around me.
How could this trigger any insecurity or warrant an apology from me to
me? It shouldn't. It doesn't or so I concluded once I moved past the initial
sting. Oh, vanity...you are a harsh companion!
It is something we all need to work out in ourselves and do better at
as a society. Being made to feel that you lose value with every year that
passes simply because time revamped your looks is cruel and unacceptable.
And yet, this interpretation exists, so much so, in fact, that young
women dread growing older.
Such a graceful, natural process covered by such ugliness.
This needs to change. Many older women are feeling that way and
beginning to put their foot down on it, through words, examples, and
even TikTok videos-a slew of them lately. Just like me and my friend
this morning, we are each helping the other along in finding our footing
and appreciating the physical changes that will inevitably come, without
apology. We are lowering the vibration on guilt and shame and raising
awareness, with some-like me-even bringing a sense of levity to this
nonsense.
Like I told my friend during our extensive conversation on the matter,
" Remember, if all else fails, you can always return the compliment with the
statement, " You truly look great for your age too. "
No doubt, you will make everyone in the room stop and chuckle.
Laura J. Wellington is the founder of
THREAD MB. In addition, she is the author
of numerous books including Be Careful
What You Wish For a paranormal love
story based on real life. She is an awardwinning
children's television creator
and author, TEDx Speaker, blogger,
entrepreneur, and more. Wellington is
also the mother of five great kids and
lives on the shoreline of Connecticut.
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