Sometimes when I look at photos of myself I want to hide or edit out the aging evidence. But the truth is, this is me. I'm getting crinkles at my eyes and laugh lines. My hair is spotted with gray between coloring. This is life and I think it's time I stop wanting to hide it.
I don't want to be an example to my girls that aging is something to dread or hide. It should be a privilege to embrace. Sure we all want to look our best, and I'll be the first to admit I love it when someone mistakes me for being a sister of my daughters rather than their mother. But if I dread aging, how does that help anything? It only diminishes the beauty that comes with living a full life.
Susannah Conway has a Pinterest board full of beautiful, aging women called Ageing Awesomely. I love the honor it gives women of time lived, lessons learned, and wisdom gained.
Inspired by her board, I decided not to edit out the wrinkles in my photos, but to wear them proudly and embrace the middle-aged woman that I am.
It's time to hug these perfect imperfections and wear them as medals of my one, beautiful life.