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You Are More Beautiful Than You Think!

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Suzanne Braun Levine Post-fifty Posse Dinner

I’m not crazy about the current Dove campaign in which a police artist draws a portrait of a forty-ish woman from her description (dour and harsh) and then draws another from the description by another woman who has spent a little time with her (warmer and more pleasant looking); the punch line is “you are more beautiful than you think.”

This is not news. We have been prettier than we thought all along. When we are not comparing ourselves unfavorably to models and movie stars — who, the fan magazines show us gleefully, don’t look at all like their glamorous selves when out doing errands — we are comparing present selves with our younger selves. It happens to all of us. You come upon an old photograph of yourself back when you were sure you were fat and unattractive and discover a pretty girl in the picture.

Will we never achieve acceptance of our real physical selves as they are in present time? This question becomes increasingly urgent as we age. Whereas when we were younger, you had to be on LSD, as one friend puts it, to notice the minuscule flaws we found so fatal, nowadays for the women I write about, the sags and wrinkles are real; hair thins, so do lips, and as fit as we are, the waist is a feature of the past. This is where my girlfriends have saved the day more than once – with laughter. In my new e-book You Gotta Have Girlfriends: A Post-Fifty Posse is Good for Your Health I share research that finds that having a “circle of trust” can be more conducive to healthy aging than quitting smoking!

There is a real irony here. The conventional wisdom is that no one could possibly aspire to be an “older women,” yet I have not met a single woman over 50 who would actually want to go back to who she was at 30. Back then there was too much stress. Too much self-doubt. Too much pressure to conform to expectations — the good wife, the good mother, the rising professional as well as the fit, thin, stylish young woman. We post-50 gals are having too much fun.

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