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22 June 2006 @ 08:41 am
Wisdom and Pimping, in that order...  
At the risk of sounding like Baz Lurhmann or Mary Schmich I have a bit of advice for those out there younger than me, which is most of you.

The other day, at my cousin's wedding, I saw my first wrinkles. Helluva place to see them, surrounded by old relatives, showing you what the future holds...

I'd been lucky so far, and I admit it. 36 is a fantastic place to see them just beginning, I attribute it to genes and never getting the hell into the sunlight. As it is, they're laugh lines, just the ones I wanted to show up first. I was concerned with all my depression problems that the "worries" would show up first.

Still, they make you think. So enough about me.

You. You are (odds are) younger than me. You probably think you are ugly. Or too fat. Or too spotty. Or your hair does all the wrong things.

Quit it.

Youth is probably the most attractive thing on this planet. So, all your friends are cuter or thinner than you. You're still more attractive than 95% of the people on the planet, barring supermodels (who aren't really human anyways) because of that youth.

And I got dark news for you. (Sorry about that.) Unless you lose a LOT of weight or do something drastically different with your hair or get facial surgery, you look better than you ever will. Every year, you will look just a little less attractive.

I say this not to scare you. I say this so you will get out there and ENJOY it. Lord knows I didn't realize I was attractive in my 20's until I hit my 30's. I'm assuming I will look a lot less attractive in my 40's. It goes to reason.

So accessorize, dress up, put on makeup, do your hair, dance to Madonna songs, do whatever it is that makes you feel pretty/hot because it's WORTH it and you should enjoy every ounce of attention you get.

While were at it, get out there and do something. You know how your back hurts? Feet bothering you? Guess what. That aging thing I mentioned earlier? In ten years, it's just gonna be twice as bad. I have a friend who went to Egypt a few years back, even though she couldn't really afford it, and I didn't really understand why. Her excuse was in ten years she'd enjoy it less. I understand that now.

So. Put on some makeup and sunscreen and go to the beach.


In other news, I have some major pimpage. I've pimped these people before, but they deserve it, again. BookCloseOuts.com. Some of you may be aware of those little fly-by-night book stores where everything is WAY STUPID discounted. We buy ourselves silly one day and then they disappear. Well, now there's a place like that online. That's not why they get a second pimp, though. I ordered some books for Martin's birthday and they got lost in the mail. I wrote them a panicky letter about how I NEEDED those books, and in just a few days, and how half of them didn't arrive (the package opened in Pittsburgh). They immediately sent me replacement books, no charge, superfast, and in time for his birthday. Excellent prices, superb customer service, and well deserving of your literary dollar.

Current Beverage: Light Hawaiian Punch in the can
 
 
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
 
 
 
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: Determine your ageraislak on June 22nd, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, speaking as of of your elders, there is wisdom in your words.

Yet I also add that respect and love for yourself makes one more beautiful to others who actually get to know you.(Still have to work on that at times)

This coming from a partially paralyzed man with a contorted torso that has been told on numerous occasions that after speaking to me for more than 10 minutes they forget the sympathy and handicap.
Fritters: Ed Resting by Frittersfritters on June 22nd, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
I had no idea, but I'm glad you come across so well to people. How old are you, then, if you don't mind my asking? I generally mentally place most people who visit my lj in the 20-29 zone...

And that's why I mentioned do things to make yourself FEEL pretty. That's half the battle. Once you feel pretty people will treat you like you are pretty, regardless of whether it's true. Feeling pretty MAKES you pretty.
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: pdhraislak on June 22nd, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
44

and yeah I picture everyone on the internet as the same age range you indicated!
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on June 23rd, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Huh. You don't come across 44. That's a compliment.

Yeah, I assume everyone on the net is young, but anyone I talk to is generally thoughtful and intelligent, so I assume MAX late teens to early 30s.
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like thatraislak on June 23rd, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Thanks.

now back to the drama we call my life
Lady Pixelladypixel on June 23rd, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
I've already got wrinkles and crows' feet. And I've found grey hairs. It's a skeery thing.


... and ouch, another place to buy books. I'm already broke!
Fritters: Jay Nodding by Frittersfritters on June 23rd, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
Some of their comic strip collection books are as low as 1.99. Our comic section is going to overflow it's shelf soon....
perlee_grace on June 23rd, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Hmmm... yeah, the young don't really appreciate how special their youth is, and by the time they do, it's slipping away. OTOH I find I'm enjoying some things more now at 36 than I did 10 or 15 years ago, so maybe it evens out somewhere.
Fritters: Ed Resting by Frittersfritters on June 23rd, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
I'm appreciating the lack of pimples at the moment, but I'm not sure how much of that is my prescription face cream, either. And I'm hoping that maybe if some of the younger people stopping by hear it enough, maybe some will take it to heart...
perlee_grace on June 23rd, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
No pimples? *is jealous* Now I wish *that* part of my youth died...
Fritters: Jay Nodding by Frittersfritters on June 24th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Must be the face cream. You can buy a tube of Azelaic Acid from New Zealand for 25$ and it will last you 6 months...