As I was compiling the photos for this post that I wanted to write about how to look young, I had a few realizations. The pictures you see here were taken 8 years apart and because I’m severely self-centered, I was highly pleased to see how much “younger” I looked now. That was until I took a good second look.
Fine, my skin tone and texture is a lot better now thanks to proper skin care and the elimination of acne. Plus, I now know how to apply makeup to make my eyes look bigger and eyebrows more defined.
Yet, if you look closer, you’d spot the signs of aging. From the heavier eye bags to the cheekbones that aren’t as high as they used to be. Despite all the sunscreen and anti-aging skin care I’ve used over the years, age still catches up. Is that a bad thing? For me, not necessarily so.
The deepened laugh lines indicate all the joy I’ve experienced. The eye bags remind me that I’m strong enough to overcome hardships despite all the tears I’ve cried. As for the lines on my forehead, I blame that on having to lift my eyebrows whenever I’m applying eye makeup.
Aging is inevitable regardless of all the lifting serums and wrinkle correctors. We’ll just have to embrace it! Perhaps being “Forever Young” isn’t simply in the way you look. To me, being “Forever Young” means:
- Being passionate about something
- Having faith in yourself and others
- Knowing how to let go and have fun
- Having the courage to take risks or try new things
- Keeping up your energy
- Making the effort to be better overall
Other than that, I’m more than willing to leave teenage drama and emotional roller-coasters as things of the past.