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Your Wrinkles Tell Your Story: My Philosophy on Aging and the Legacy of Smile Lines

Updated on June 21, 2013
Your wrinkles tell your story!  You can choose to have a face that shows you spent more time smiling than frowning :)
Your wrinkles tell your story! You can choose to have a face that shows you spent more time smiling than frowning :) | Source
Your lines are your legacy; what story will your face tell?
Your lines are your legacy; what story will your face tell? | Source

People-watching is a guilty pleasure of mine. I enjoy sitting still in busy public places like airports or shopping malls and silently, invisibly, taking stock of passers-by. I like to look at people and imagine their secrets, troubles, hopes, and fears. Sometimes it seems that I'm encountering them on the best day of their lives...and sometimes it seems like their worst.

The last time I found myself lost in time analyzing a sea of faces, an epiphany struck - and although it seems quite obvious now, it was a thought that my mind had never completely formed before: Toward the end of our lives, our stories are permanently engraved in our faces, for everyone to see. The older you get, the deeper your past is carved into lines around your eyes and mouth, your forehead, and that little space between your eyebrows. Those who have spent more time frowning than laughing have the history of all those scowls to carry with them always, like self-inflicted scars.

I know you can't truly 'judge a book by its cover', but I maintain that you can guess quite accurately whether or not the majority of a person's life was spent being happy by observing how their skin creases. It really only struck me quite recently, and perhaps you've never thought of it before either. Consider this:

Every day matters when it comes to these lines. To some extent we choose the way our faces will turn out. Now, granted, as women, we tend to put a lot of effort into 'reversing the signs of aging' and spend a fortune on products and creams trying to erase fine lines and wrinkles. But we all know, despite the fact that we can slow down and 'reduce the appearance' of these awful nuisances and dose ourselves with antioxidants...that eventually, nature will prevail. The truth is, we're going to have wrinkles one day, and as far as I'm concerned, when that day comes, we want happy wrinkles instead of angry ones. So all the time we spend worrying, frowning, or scowling we have to make up for tenfold to be sure our smile lines will be deep enough to overpower the others.

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The day my ephiphany struck, I vowed to spend the rest of my life working to deepen my laugh lines, and I henceforth promise to do my very best to choose the path that leads to the place where, when it's time to turn around and survey the fruits of my journey, my story will be a proud one. One of happiness and laughter; of time well-spent with family and good friends. My oath is that all decisions I make from here into eternity will be ones that set me on a path of more stillness than pain, where the tears of joy will fill up a hundred times more jars than tears of sadness. There will be trouble and anguish inevitably as life pulls on, but I solemnly swear that when I am old, my wrinkled face will be a creased legacy of a life well-lived by a person well-loved, and when the smooth-faced young'uns gaze upon my visage, they will see the laughter inside my heart written upon it until the very end.

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      I think that this is such an inspirational Hub, I really love your outlook on wrinkles :) As someone who smiles a lot, it's important for me to remember: smile lines are inevitable. I love your take on it and I am going to bookmark this for anytime I need a pick me up. voted up!

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      Jessica 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thanks, moonlake! You bring up an interesting point; I wonder if it's heredity or if you just mimic her facial expressions?

      Anyway, keep smilin'! Thanks for the comment and the vote :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      have few laugh lines but I have lots of wringles over my face. The unfortunate fact is I wrinkle the same way my Mom did even though I'm a happy person and she is not.

      Enjoyed your hub. Vote uP!

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      Jessica 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thank you, dwachira. That is a wonderful saying! I appreciate your comments and the votes; thanks for dropping by!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      There is an African saying that says "Old is gold". You captured that essence here and i enjoyed reading this. Voted up and useful.

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      Jessica 6 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Randy, that is a coincidence! I definitely agree with you; attitude and one's outlook on things makes all the difference in the world...regarding anything and everything!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Annabel 6 years ago

      Beautiful and well put! Laugh away!!! It truly is the best medicine!!

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      Randy McLaughlin 6 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      What a coincidence, today I updated my hub on antiaging and one of the updates was about one's attitude towards aging. Nice insights here and well-written.