Embrace Your Ugliness. Aging Is a Gift!

My brother and I have interesting humor
My brother and I have interesting humor | Source

Long Live Aging

Say what? Embrace my cellulite and stretch marks? Smile in the mirror when I see another grey hair? Have a toast on yet another birthday even though I got hot flashes, wrinkles and sore hips from doing nothing.

'Happy birthday granny.' The standard comment from my younger brother when I celebrate my birthday. Always with a naughty smile. I know my brother long enough to appreciate his humor.

Our jokes go beyond most of my friend's understanding and my parents ask themselves over and over, what on earth went wrong? We blame our dad for teaching us how to fart during dinner and we tease our mum constantly for mixing up our names with those of the dogs. (They died 25 years ago) On top of that, I love to bring my mum a box of chocolate when she talks about losing weight again. Absolutely no need to.

Adapt to Change

My mum shared her idea on aging and skin when I was fourteen. "Feel my legs," she said. Upwards her shin felt like a cactus. Based on that and having very light hair, I took her advice and never shaved my legs. Only when I turned 35, I started to have them waxed.

My mother also used to buy my underwear. Until age 17 I wore Sloggie size M. In other words, granny model but very very comfortable. I wore them until I was 30! 'Don't you have any tanga's? I don't want to offend you, but wearing tight sportswear without wearing a bra while seeing the marks of your enormous Sloggie, is quite ugly?' This being said by a friend I couldn't have done without. Ever.

Ugliness or beauty? Self mockery or self pity? Taking advice or ignoring it? Whatever you do, time passes and your face will tell. Your body changes and your image does to. Aging means change. Change means to adapt. A different size, another color, sexy push-ups and a wellness day with friends. New friends, ten years younger, suggesting underwear that makes your butt look sexier.

There's nothing more natural than your naked body
There's nothing more natural than your naked body | Source

The Naked Truth

If you seriously think you're body is deteriorating, go and spend a day in the sauna. I used to go three times a year, just enough to keep myself from complaining about random stuff. Men and women walk around naked, using a towel to sit on and relax. You see all sorts of bodies around. Very few are hot, muscled and toned and no one cares for pubic hair and size.

It's good for my self esteem, extremely relaxing and lovely to feel naked and free. Unfortunately I can't enjoy this anymore since I live in Spain, as you all need to wear a bathing suit. Nude beaches however are everywhere around but it's not the same as relaxing in a hot tub.


Push-up does the trick. If not, I have to tuck them in my socks Hah!
Push-up does the trick. If not, I have to tuck them in my socks Hah! | Source

Lucky for my Genes

I had a friend a little over 40. Beautiful and sexy but way too insecure. She had amazing skin! At least her body did. She had smoked all her life so her face showed. We used to shop together and eat cheesecake at the end of our day. For as long as I know her, she wanted to lose some weight. For as long as I know her, she didn't like getting older.

I loved those days in the sauna with her.
'I'm not that bad, am I?'
- 'You're absolutely beautiful! Look around. What more do you want?'
'I want to look like before. Slim, size S, men in line who wanted to date me.'
- 'And you want your cigarette, your cheesecake and your wine. You can't have it all. I can't either.'
'You don't have wrinkles!'
- 'I don't smoke and I have good genes.'
'Why are you so lucky?'
- 'I'm not. I'm Bipolar.' We giggled and relaxed.

On my way to 44, I feel sexier than ever. I love my ballerina legs, my boobies are quite OK, my belly used to be flatter and I'm crazy for caffeine. I crave for sugar but need to be careful and I'm addicted to tight jeans with stretch. Low waist jeans are a killer for my figure and I absolutely need good bra's, lot's of cardio and 10 hours of sleep.

Magic Creams don't Stop Time

People sometimes ask: 'So how old are you anyway?' I always make them guess. They never guess right. I always feel better and then I share my secret: 'Wanna know how I did it? I never really smoked, hardly drank alcohol, used no drugs at all and never partied heavily. I learned to stay fit by living a healthy life and worked out most of my life as it makes me feel better.

Aging is a gift although some don't see it this way. For all of you who believe in Botox, surgery and magic creams, may it bring what you hoped for. I myself am a strong believer of showing off aging gracefully, taking myself as serious as possible while enjoying every bit of wisdom, life has taught me over the years.

I don't need to explain, how to accept your beauty and brains. How to love your perfect butt or your tight flat belly. Enjoy it while it lasts and get ready for some change. Stop living in the past and look back at it with happiness. Aging is a gift, for it teaches you the transient nature of the life we live. Just as we learn about the impermanence of beauty and the hidden truth of anti aging products.

Today I stood in front of the mirror. My face looked different. Something had changed. Tiny wrinkles beneath my eyes. It was about time as it will not stand still. Then I see another grey hair. I pull it out and stare at it for some seconds. 'I'm not ready for you today.' Then I toss it away, knowing more will show up tomorrow. Oops!

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Comments 24 comments

Justsilvie 5 years ago

Dear Escobana,

Wonderfully Irreverent, funny and awesome hub! Heading for the big 60 and yelling wheeeeeeee all the way. We don’t get older, we really do get better. Can I borrow the one about the push up bra and some of your attitude?


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Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia Author

Dear Justsilvie,

Of course you can borrow that dress:-) But it seems you already have the right attitude as you're heading for the big 60 with the right yell.

We really do get better! Thanks for your lovely comment. Glad you could smile because of my Hub:-)


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Escobana,

With your passion for life you will never become old or ugly.

Voted up and awesome.


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Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia Author

Thanks so much dear Sueswan! Very sweet of you to say. I'm sure passion is life's greatest energy which can drive all of us to be beautiful throughout our life.

Thanks for the votes!!!


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iZeko 5 years ago

I love your way of thinking! Everything in this hub is so funny and so true ;-) Awesome!


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Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia Author

Hey Zeko!

Thanks for dropping by:-) Glad I could make you smile about something so overrated as aging...Have a sunny day!


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hailei 5 years ago from Romania

Oh, my Gosh, you are so funny! This hub is so perfect with it's funny side, little doses of irony and self-irony and a whole bunch of optimism.

Thank you, was a pleasure reading it :P


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Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia Author

Dear Hailei,

I'm picturing you in front of your laptop, giggling a lot when reading this Hub. Am I close?

I like the fact, that you make a difference between irony, self-irony and optimism. It's all very helpful in living life, the nicest way possible.

Good to know we have the same sort of humor:-)


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hailei 5 years ago from Romania

You got it right, fo' sure :)) Yeah, sense of humor, something I can't imagine living without, even at my worst :P See you around!


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rutley 4 years ago from South Jersey

Love it. Read my over 40 butt and see if it relates.


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Thanks:-) I sure will leave a comment.


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capricornrising 4 years ago from Wilmington, NC

Fabulous - engaging from beginning to end!


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Thanks Capricorn! And thanks so much for the wonderful fanmail you left me. I'm flattered:-)


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capricornrising 4 years ago from Wilmington, NC

All true!


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Great article. Loved it. Very entertaining. Voted up.


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Thank you Caroline:-) Glad you liked it! Thanks for voting.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hi Escobana ... thanks for the follow and it looks like I am going to have to follow you back, which is not something I always do.

But you have a serious case of irreverent fun going on and it fits perfectly with my take on life. I'm 64 in a couple of months but I can honestly say that life has just got more and more of how I want it to be as I have aged.

They say that middle-aged (ahem!) women become so invisible to men, (this is obviously not going to be true of someone as striking looking as you when you reach middle-age) that they could walk through Customs with a marijuana plant under their arm and no one would notice :)

This can only be very liberating ...

I am going to wear a purple hat, learn to spit and be utterly disreputable for my 70th birthday :)


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Hi there Angie!

LOL LOL LOL! That is for the last sentence of your comment. Excellent idea and do me a favor....show me a picture of you wearing that purple hat on your 70th birthday. I´d love to read the Hub next to it!

So much for the serious part of my comment:-) It appears you´re just like me. I´m not an easy follower as well. I only follow if I see what I like, whether it´s someone´s profile or someone´s Hubs and topics.

With this in mind I have to tell you I´m honored to be followed back by a cool middle-aged lady such as yourself. I actually can´t wait to find out what life is like with 64 years! What a wonderful age!

And the moment I get invisble to men, I will write a hilarious Hub about it!

For now I am the one walking through Customs, having to take of my jewelry and boots, walking around on socks, looking like a complete fool.

To make things worse, the alarm always sets of when I pass and you can imagine my body never gets searched by the hottest guy around. I wish!


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Stacie L 4 years ago

Aging is a gift? OK, I may have more wisdom but it hurts some days to look at my photos from my youth and not wince a little!

This was a fun read.


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

I know I will wince a little more over pictures from before, as time progresses and my skin gets worse. Ahum!

But aging is a gift to me, next to working out, healthy food and my future husband of about ten years younger:-)

Great to see you here!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I've just a few words: Will be 81 on Feb. 2. :-)

(I just can't stop myself!)


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Escobana 3 years ago from Valencia Author

Wauw! That will be a very special birthday and I can only wish to make it to 81, as sparkling as you will do:-)

(Don't stop. Please keep on going:-)


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jantamaya 3 years ago from UK

Escobana, you are a splendid writer in English (I don't know how well you are in Dutch??? I know only alsjeblieft {or so} in it - once even I've tried to learn it - spending on Schouwen-Duiveland many holidays it made sense ). Sorry for this extravagant sentence - it doesn't want to be written in a proper English! My sentences do have their own life - sometimes.

I have to share this one too because it is simply fun and terrific to read.


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Escobana 3 years ago from Valencia Author

Dear Jantamaya:-)

Dankjewel! Or thank you in Dutch. Asjeblieft is perfectly well written and means please. What a different language it is! I'm a native Dutch speaker because I was raised by my Dutch adoptive parents.

It's been a huge advantage for me since I tried to learn other languages though I still check and dubbel check my Hubs for grammar errors. It's easy to overlook your own flaws:-)

I have to check out your Hubs asap! Thanks for sharing and another lovely comment!

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