So it happened. There I was, applying my foundation, wondering if I should redeem my optimum points … my fellow Canadians will understand, and treat myself to Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar (my favorite face cream) when I saw it. Mocking me by peeking out behind my Beauty Blender. A hair. A thick, black hair. Standing out, proud and tall on my chin. I immediately grabbed one of the perks of your forties, a magnifying mirror, pulled it out from the wall to get a closer look, all the while convincing myself it was just a thread off my towel, my beige towel. Nope. No thread, no fuzzy, it was a hair. Shit.
As you know, I do my best to keep it real here. So here’s some reality for you. In your forties, not only does your hair change it’s texture, porosity and growth pattern, you also start to grow hair, everywhere…as I soon discovered after the new found chin hair. I put the FBI forensic lab unit to shame as I took to finding any other stray hairs. Needless to say, yours truly has invested in some tweezers. Sigh.
My discovery this morning got me to thinking of all the lovely surprises your forties bring to your door that no one ever talks about. Well, lets talk about it, shall we? In your forties;
- hair begins to grow in places you didn’t realize had a follicle
- your hair turns grey… all of your hair
- one day you can strut in 4 inch stiletto heels, the very next day you cannot
- at least once a week you feel another internal organ, just by getting out of chair
- you are no longer silent when you bend down…hopefully the noise is a mild grunt or sigh. I work retail and have had the unfortunate witnessing of a different sound while a customer bent down, in front of me…I think you know what I mean
- you wake up with a flat tummy, by 4 p.m. you may look like you are 5 months along
- you begin to understand the attraction of sensible shoes
- instead of reading clothing labels looking for “dry clean only”, you now read clothing labels looking for Lycra
- your arms are too short …. you find yourself stretching your arms to their full extent just to read the expiry date on a carton of milk
- you fear sneezing
- you will spend hours, days, even weeks trying to find a piece of clothing that does make you look like your teenage daughter or your aging mother.
- you find yourself thinking about how to go about giving yourself a pedicure, deciding how long it will take for a hip or knee to lock up
- your idea of taking a risk is having coffee after 4 p.m.
- you relate to and understand Archie Bunker
Don’t get me wrong, most of the forties are fabulous! I like to refer to my forties as returning to yourself. The person who was full of confidence and sass, believing she could do anything because the world hadn’t gotten to her yet and the idea that because I was a girl I was limited wasn’t even on the radar. In your forties, your renewed confidence is combined with knowledge, depth and experience. In your forties, you begin to realize what’s important and not to sweat the small stuff.
…unless it’s a hair on your chin, then, you’re gonna sweat a little.