Marion Pellicano Ambrose
I’ve spent more years than I’d like to admit, looking in the mirror. While I was never overly thrilled with what I saw, it wasn’t too bad. I mean, I wasn’t hideous or scary to look at! But lately, I just don’t know! Suddenly I’m asking myself, “Since when did I get a turkey neck?” and “Why do my eyes look like they have railroad tracks coming from the sides?” Unfortunately, 40 happened! Then it wasn’t long before life had other surprises for me. While most of me started getting wider and fuller, where the heck were my lips going? The roots of my hair suddenly went from healthy reddish brown to dull, dry white! (Of course you’ll never see it, thanks to my new best friend, L’Oreal!)
It’s been a frightening journey, but I know from watching my mom and my friends’ moms, that this is just the beginning! When they get together, the conversation naturally turns to their gallbladders or hysterectomies. They compare medications and blood pressure, playing “can you top this?” And it gets worse! Eventually, instead of thinking about meeting new people and enjoying the spontaneity of life, the major concern of the day becomes “will my Activia start working or will I be miserable all day?”
Recently I had a conversation with my sister in NY and before I knew it, we were comparing doctor appointments and blood pressure medications. AAAAAHHHHHHHH! We’re both becoming our mother! (Not that she wasn’t a wonderful woman, but this was like her at 89! We aren’t nearly there yet!)
And so, I’ve decided to take a new lease on life. I’m going to eat healthier, get moving a bit more, and enjoy each day as it comes (even if my Activia isn’t working!) I’m not going to have a face lift or liposuction, but I am going to keep a smile on my face and a song in my heart. I’m going to compliment more, laugh more, encourage more and put myself out more. This way, hopefully, I’ll have more to think about as I grow older than my liver spots and bladder problems!
I’ve noticed that there are some people who never seem to age. They may grow gray and wrinkled, but they remain young at heart and positive in attitude. These are the people who share their stories about their wonderful lives and teach their grandchildren to appreciate and hope. They’re people I love to be around! I hope someday some “youngster” can say the same about me!