Let’s discuss maintenance! I don’t mean maintenance on your house or your car. I’m talking about our every day, every week, every month maintenance on ourselves. I’m saying it’s a forever thing! I’m talking about hair color, teeth cleaning, pilates, yoga, zumba, botox, filers (just a little, only when necessary, no big lips), facials (just a cleansing and maybe a little scraping), manicures, pedicures, eyebrow shaping, chiropractor (for our neck or back) , acupuncture, and on and on. Once we turn fifty, it’s a whole new ball game. It’s like when you change the drapes in the living room, it makes everything else in the room look shabby. When you have your eyebrows done, shouldn’t the rest of your face look as good? Of course! There has to be an entire new budget allotment for our after 50 maintenance. And it’s not cheap! I’m not even discussing buying new clothes for fall. Even if we shop in our own closet (which I love to do) there are still alterations. That costs too. The styles are now shorter or maybe we’ve gained or lost a few. Shoes need to be soled, purses need to be fixed. When did only big purses come in fashion? And BTW maintenance is very time consuming! Every day we have to do something. Maybe it’s a hike, or going to the gym, or a swim. That’s maintenance in all its glory! It’s a great (and unusual) week when everything has kicked in and we are looking good and feeling great. It takes timing!
I say, let’s be grateful for maintenance. That means we are alive and “kickin” and still wanting to look and feel our very best.
It’s actually a very small price to pay!!!
Beverlye Hyman Fead is an author, artist, photographer and public speaker living with cancer. Aging in High Heels is her online zine filled with witty and inspirational content about aging with acceptance, humor and style.