ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Insidious Disease We All Face

Updated on April 11, 2009

Nope, its not cancer. Not some death-like illness. It's just getting older.

While the disease is present from the time we are born because time is not on any human being's side. Of course, we do not even notice it until, say, 30 or so. That is why it is so insidious as it is right in front of us for many years and we refuse to acknowledge it, or use some sort of band aid to make us feel better.

In fact, the only time we actually get hit on the head with it is when someone confronts us with a photo years ago. Yep. Now we DO see how we changed over that period. Hopefully it is for the better and up to 30 yrs or so, it usually is positive-ah, the prime years of youth. It is like a life in full bloom based on their genetics and environment. If everything is right, you are looking hot, good, sexy, appealing to the eye.

Like I said, you tend to forget that you are getting older when you are in the sunlight of youth because there are few, if any signs, you are aging. That is why youth always seems to feel invincible to Father Time, an attitude that everyone does have in youth, like, "it can't happen to me".

Then, after 35, 40 yrs., depending on your background, it creeps in more and more, seeping into your life with alarming evidence: a few strands of gray hair are spotted and quickly eradicated by yanking them out; while you shave or put on make up, more evidence--thin lines on the face, a few sags, usually around the eyes or mouth. Thin lines you try to hide with cream or make up-you know, fill in the crevices. Ah, young again! It is around this age, one really does not like to see earlier photos, it only substantiates what you have refused to believe since birth: you are getting older. You are no longer young but middle age or worse.

Hey, your body is like a car. Even if you have treated it as a temple as Jesus wants you to, it begins to wear out. Parts simply do not function as they once did. Your abilities diminish. Life is the road, age is the mileage, your body is the car. So, the more miles put on it, the more wear and tear on it. Of course, one cannot stop it to take a break (well, I suppose death is an option) from time, as the watch just keeps on ticking.

Between 35-50, the evidence really piles on, quicker than you would like it or able to handle it. After all, this is a youth culture even if you are in denial about it. You tend to use strategies that do not reveal your age.

Hmm, let's see: hair color. Before the gray, you used it to become a blonde maybe, now, it is to conceal the gray, which may not color well because it has no pigment in the strands. Damn! Now what? Maybe just go bald or say "screw it" bring on the age! Just why is gray hair bad? Why does it mean "old"? Did God make this a mandate? No, it is our society, the media that pushes just youth. Ever see a young person with totally gray hair? It is just weird! We have all been trained to think gray hair and youth is wrong. Brainwashed!

Wringles. Well, those fine lines at age 30 or 35 have now become deeper crevices by 40 or 50, and no mater what you do, short of cosmetic surgery, they ain't going away. In fact, as time passes, they become gorges. All the creams and make up can only help to a point and then you simply toss in the towel and try to age "gracefully".

Many of you have a problem facing aging. Look at Paul McCartney, age 65, in reality he is totally gray, yet he color's his hair and you know it. His face reflects the age, maybe a little younger, but compare when he was 50 versus now. Many movie stars use all sorts of cosemetic this or that to stay young, look at Dolly Parton, age 63, or Cher. Plastic queens!

At best, if you have all the right genetic markers in your genes and treated your body as a temple, maybe you look 10 years younger than you really are without cosmetic this or that or doing much. But sooner or later, Father Time does a number on all of us.

A great movie is The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt is born an old man and grows younger until he dies at age 2. He meets a girl early in the movie, and love is casted, but nothing happens until the girl ages to become a hot ballet dancer and Pitt reaches his prime, For a few years it is bliss, they have a child. Time moves on. Pitt becomes a teeneager, while Cate Blanchett becomes a 60ish woman. Pitt has to leave. In the end, Pitt, now a baby, dies in Cate's (now elderly) hands. The effects of aging in both directions is so awesome and how lover's deal with it.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I want to see that movie, sounds great! I read a book about three women (four?) that were getting younger, it was really good.

      The part I don't like about getting older is that I've noticed getting up, just getting up, is something I have to actually DO now, it doesn't just 'happen'. Youth doesn't even think about it, you want to go to the other room, you're just up and there, it doesn't take a thought. Now...

    • JDove-Miller profile image


      9 years ago from YOUNGSVILLE

      Soooo true... (sigh)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)