When I opened the New York times last week and discovered this photo, I was stunned!
82 year old Dame Judi Dench, sans make-up and Photoshop. She looks every bit of her 82 years.
Beautiful. Regal. Confident.
I have been looking at the photo all week. I do not have the confidence to publish unretouched photos of myself. I have some pretty good Photoshop skills and put them to use when photographing my female friends and my selfies.
I want to minimize the bags under the eyes, laugh lines, worry lines, squint lines, age spots, double chin, and scars. I don’t want to look my 69 years.
Why? I AM content with my age. Rarely do I wish to be younger. (I do wish I had appreciated being younger at the time.)
I have earned every facial line and age spot, and the scars are a reminder of moving too fast. (My body no longer responds as it use to.) However, I am learning to thrive on my curiosity and the realization that my brain is more active and growing faster than it did 20 years ago. I intend to keep it growing!
In a society that glamorizes the young, we must constantly remind ourselves that the outward beauty of youth is fleeting. Look into those blue eyes of Dame Judi Dench. There is a depth of knowledge that only comes through experience and curiosity and the determination to live each year to it’s fullest.
How do we develop the confidence to appreciate our inner development and become more content with our outward appearance? How do we learn to accept that the person in the mirror is the complement to the inner person?
I have been working at it and will continue to do so. What about you?