On aging

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about aging. (An easy thing to do since I find myself constantly surrounded by fresh faced 17 year olds, who through no fault of their own, make me feel old.) If I could have my way, I would like to age as gracefully as these ladies:The truth is, when I picture myself old, I only see a shrivelled up little prune, bent over and hobbling valiantly down the street in high heels. Seriously.

But then again, I tell myself that I'm thinking too much and worrying about nothing. Afterall:
What are your thoughts on aging?

49 Responses to On aging

Laura Loo said...

unless you are a cheese! that's an amazing quote!

i often think about aging too... it freaks me out. I really hope that I age gracefully as well. I think that the era of bent over shriveled prune grandmas is going to be done with. our generation is more hip.

i REFUSE to have a Grandma Fro as I call it. seriously, like 95% of grandmas have a permed short afro. wtheck!? it's just the era you grow up in -- theirs was the 20s/30s/40s and things were way different then!

i wanna be a hip grandma :p

Little Bear Stories said...

Sometimes it scares me, being so far from childhood and sometimes I look forward to it, the distinguished wisdom and sophistication.
Love that cheese saying! x

Nora Johnson said...

Hi Trishie! You might also include Helen Mirren and Diana Rigg (both Dames incidentally, in their 60's and still beautiful!). All your pics a true inspiration to all women!

Beautiful post too!

XOXO LOLA:)

Rose said...

Lovely post, I do like the cheese quote :)
I do worry about aging, but not about my looks...more about my health and the health of or loosing loved ones.
Working as a nurse you kinda realise how similar we all are, we are meant to age, we are meant to wrinkle, just part of life :)

Rose

Lily Riani said...

strange... i was thinking about it this few days... i told myself to grow old gracefully, dont try to be what you are not.

hiking in stilettos said...

i seem to be thinking about it more lately as well. aging as gracefully as your examples would be quite wonderful.

even still, i do agree with the quote. age is really all about how you feel, so just taking care of yourself is a big plus on the side of aging well.

natalie said...

I can only hope that I'll age that gracefully as well! I'm pretty terrified of being old and crotchety and forgetful and barely able to make it up the stairs... And I refuse to be balding as well, haha. But I guess it's inevitable, so why worry, right? :P That's an amazing quote though :D

Caitlin said...

I always worry about aging, which might seem a little silly since i'm only 18. It's just so weird to see old people and think 'wow, that's going to be me some day and theres nothing that I can do about it' it's just a crazy thought.

I dunno. I always get really sad when I see old people, especailly ones who can't walk because I worry that's going to be me someday. I also worry that it's going to be my parents someday, which is also weird to think about.

Aging is scary!

Elizabeth said...

Ha! i have to agree with that quote, and to be honest... you look amazing! i wouldn't worry about aging at all.

Brandi said...

I think a big part of aging gracefully is staying active and having lots of joy in your life.

These women are beautiful. I'd add Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep up there as well.

Fee-AMore said...

Age is nothing but just numbers! But to be honest, the thoughts of it do freak me out quite a bit. But that's part and parcel of life. I will accept it with grace and fun! And those are very inspirational and gorgeous women! Wish could be like them in time to come! ;)

Yelena R. said...

Is it bad that I'm only 20 and I already worry about aging? Not badly, but those thoughts are starting to creep in. I really admire women who are proud of every wrinkle on their face. Plus, I love laugh lines, you know?

katherine said...

so many people "age" well. i think 30 year olds are typically better looking than 17 year olds. but i've never been afraid of aging - it's natural. i want to wear designer flats and be called grandma katherine and be fabulous. my mom aged so well that i have never feared aging - most people mistake my 65 year old mother for about 40 - she still wears fashionable clothing, she has little grey hair, stylish hair cuts, understand computers and can remove viruses... all i want is to be just like her.

Hillary said...

Think of all the amazing experiences you'll have by the time you're sixty or seventy!

Auburn Not Red said...

It scares me. Because of that I don't want to live past 40.
Let's see how I react to this year, first...I'm dreading it.

Sara Ballstaedt said...

I'm excited to be cute and old. unless I'm going to be ugly and old.
I want to have long silver hair!

Love that quote btw.

The Trendy Fashionista said...

You're right, people usually worry too much about age. After all what does it really matter?
Amazing post :)

-The Trendy Fashionista
http://thetrendyfashionista.blogspot.com

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Trishie,
Love this post, read my post today about the project I did before turning 40.
I love Twiggy, how is it that you know Twiggy, you youngun you!

Love,
The Bumpkin

I'm jealous it's fall there.

its simple love said...

Well.... I do admit that men age better. I think this reminded me of the importance of taking care of yourself and your body. But more importantly we need to learn what's really important and appreciate all we have and are given on the inside and on the outside. Love yourself for who you are!

Rachael
itssimplelove.blogspot.com

Kasia_B said...

What an awesome post, Trish! It's hard for me to picture myself old.

And I love the quote at the end :)

steph said...

ack, the thought of aging makes me feel so vain for even thinking about it! i just hope i do it gracefully versus botoxing & lifting my face to unrecognizable heights. my mom aged exceptionally well...i hope i get her genes!

~KS said...

Sometimes it scares me... but then I look at pictures and realize I actually like the person I am becoming with age. And the physical aging is unknown and frightening a bit, but I get excited about all of the things I will have done and seen and experienced in the years to come and that just makes me happy and hopeful.

Malou said...

Sometimes it scares me so much just to think of the fact that every second I'm lying in my bed doing nothing, is a second closer to the day where I'll die. Sometimes it kind of excited me though, the future is something 100% unknown and isn't it exciting to think every second lying in your bed doing nothing is a second into the unknown future?
Love, Malou

Liz said...

cute post. i feel the same way sometimes. and often wonder what i will look once i get to that age. i amazed at how youthful twiggy still looks. cute quote.

The Professional Bridesmaid said...

Hehehe. Love that quote! I always hope that I'll age gracefully....but as long as I'm healthy and happy, it doesn't really matter.

OneCraftyFox said...

I adore Audrey Hepburn. She definitely aged gracefully.

I often cringe at my 'laugh lines', but I am often mistaken for being in my early to mid twenties, when I am actually not even in my twenties anymore. Of course that makes me beyond happy!

You look very young in your pic, I don't think you have anything to worry about :)

drollgirl said...

oh, such a touchy subject, but something we all have to deal with eventually.

there are many things i like about being older, but there are some things i dread (wrinkles and declining health and slowing metabolism). but i think/hope the good outweighs the bad, as i think i'd rather be old than be dead! :)

Jamie Pickle said...

Getting older scares the crap out of me!

Shingo T said...

Men are like red wine. We taste better with age.

That's how I manage to stay in my make belief world.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

One thing all those lovely ladies had in common was they were all confident in themselves...they are happy and beaming and just lovely in that way. I think that is the best way to age gracefully. Loving yourself and knowing you are beautiful no matter what. :)

MKL said...

I rather not think about aging now. I'm almost 30 and I don't like how my face has changed in the past 5 years :(

josephinechoo said...

Honestly I scare aging!!!! Terrified!!

But I think life should goes on meaningfully..I'm 25 now.Some said I'm young some said I'm mature enough..but deep inside me I still felt I'm young..hehe

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-Jose's Diary-

Sam Saunders said...

See... Getting older doesn't scare me as much cause my grandfather on my dad's side is still a handsome man. Hopefully I have that genetic code in my molecules as well :) For the record I wanna age like... Gregory Peck. Or Alec Guiness :D

chelsea rebecca said...

those women are simply gorgeous. that is how you age! by taking care of your skin and not injecting chemicals into it!!!

love the quote!
xo

The Petite Blogger said...

well i dont wanna get wrinkles anytime soon. im only 24 but i started using all the face stuff since 18. i just think u can age beautifully as long as u take care of ur body/face since an early age!the earlier the better, its preventive!

xoxo jenna

Adele said...

HAHA! I'm loving that quote! Oh i used to feel 18, but now as i look in the mirror i start to see the signs of a 23 year old. haha. just slap on the anti-wrinkle products etc, drink lotsa water and keep happy (:

oh and just between you and me, us asians for some reason are lucky enough to age slower! xo

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous post, darling! Such naturally beautiful ladies! I wish that I weren't so terrified of aging!

xoxox,
CC

Bralliz said...

Haha, i like the sign!
Beautiful post dear!
Have a lovely day!
xoxo alice ♥

PinkBow said...

what a great post, i wish more would age gracefully in a natural way than the surgery obsessed stars!

Laura said...

Trishie, well I for one think you are gorgeous and far far away from being old.
but, I did notice the wrinkles today and thought urgh! I guess they just symbolise all the life I've led. hope there is a lot more to come. L x
My wrinkles! not yours.

Helen said...

I love Audrey Hepburn, I thinks she aged SO gracefully! And I'm sure you will too, worry not Trishie!

Also, I tagged you in a fun bag game, take a look! :)

http://helenhearts.blogspot.com/2010/03/inside-bag.html

Mel said...

Hmm I wonder about that myself. Some people who smoke and drink and do everything possible to damage their future wind up looking lovely as an older person while some who maintain a healthy lifestyle still wind up looking not good. I guess it's a mindset, you're as old as you think you are. Haha Judi Dench still looks the same, old or young but lovely.

Bungalow'56 said...

From a 42 year old Canadian who just read your blog for the first time, I am thrilled with this post. My fourteen year old daughter also loves the skirts. We will be regularr visitors! What a lovely visit. Thank you.

Neon Noose said...

I'm scared of getting old, but I guess it's part of life.

OceanDreams said...

He he, I loved your cheese quote and I don't think you have anything to worry about! You are beautiful right now and youth will last a while yet. These ladies did age gracefully though!

Conversation Pieces said...

Love that quote! I thought about aging more in the last year as I turned 30... but actually discovered that I'm pretty ok with it all.

A few people I know where doing the 'it's all down-hill from here' thing but all I could think was actually I'm happier now than I've ever been. And if this is how happy I am today, then tomorrow's only going to be better :)

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

what freaks me out about ageing isn't the physical bits. yes, i do wonder if i'd be a burden to anyone when my limbs fail me. i can't imagine being confined physically... what's most scary is whether i've lived my life well, whether i die tomorrow or i get to 'age' into my 100th year.

mina said...

love love love that quote.

i don't like to think about aging, it gives me wrinkles.

Anastasia said...

Native Americans believe that wrinkles are a sign that you lived, because its the laughter and tears spilling out onto your face. I've always lived by that motto.,

And I like your quote!