Aging Gracefully

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A study of 100 British women aged 35-69 reports that they worried about their physical appearance an average of 36 times a day. Results of the experiment will be shown tonight as part of a television special on aging. [Telegraph]

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My "trigger" for thinking about my looks is my daughter (15) who is quite gorgeous.

My looks have completely faded. I don't have the time, energy, inclination or money to do much about it.

Each morning, I see my girl brushing out her perfect long blond hair, putting cute clothes on her slim body and bouncing out of the door with teenage energy. The best I can do each day is be well-groomed.

Once at work, unless I end up in a room full of 20-year-old women, or a room full of mirrors, I don't think about my looks much during the day. Too busy.

At the end of the day, however, I come home exhausted and bedraggled, and there's my lovely daughter... and I feel a little sorry for myself. (the feeling sorry for myself is much worse than the feeling I get when I look in the mirror.)