Picked this up from Sue. This is the kind of post I have been thinking about for a while now and mulling over in my mind. I’ve been through many opinion shifts, through my twenties and now my thirties. And a lot of the opinions I held earlier are now completely reversed. For instance, sleeping in late. No longer do I need to snore till its time for lunch on a weekend. I’m up with the lark and ruining everyone else’s sleep with it. Let me list out the various opinions I’ve held and have now changed, and then dig me into a hole and pull it in over me. Growing older does make you realise your mother was always right, but dont tell her I said so. And yes, I am so wearing clean undies everyday.
1] Sarees are for aunties. Since I am now officially well into aunty territory, I’m making my peace with sarees. I wore a saree thrice in this year, which by itself is a world record deserving of band bajaa and Guiness Book representatives interviewing me. I think by the time I reach Daadi stage I should get used to wearing them, without pinning my skin to my shoulder pleats.
2] Fitted tops are it. That was when I was pre baby and with hairpin curves. And a stomach so flat you could spin a coin on it. Not anymore. Said coin will get enveloped in folds of jelly like flab. Now all the fittedness does is emphasise every spare mm of flab hanging around aimlessly, and making you look like the Michelin man. I now look for strategic concealment and enhancement. I dress sensibly.
3] Chipped nail polish is the end of the world. As is a pimple. Now I know it is not. Terrorists could come via a fishing boat and walk into your life, and shoot you or your loved ones dead. Your entire life as you know it could get completely changed in a second. Chipped nail polish? Is totally irrelevant.
4] Mamma is such a know it all. Well, I am now a mamma, and I know it all. Someone please tell my son that.
5] Bad Boys on Bikes are cool. Give me my safe, stolid spouse anyday. I need the comfort of knowing that no matter what, I can depend on my man, and I wont be the one signing bail bonds to get him out when he injures innocent folk overspeeding on that cool bike. And Bikes are so not cool anymore. I need the airconditioned comfort of a chauffeur driven car, the bike seat is too tiny to accommodate my lard.
6] Alcohol. I needed a drink or two to get happy and in a party mood. Now I dont party. I stay as happy as I can without alcohol. Been four years now, am off the intoxicants and I think my body thanks me for it. I have seen enough women at parties drunk out of their senses, making total spectacles of themselves, swaying like ships in a storm, mammaries falling out of low cut tops, retching randomly on dance floors. I’m better not being the life of the party.
7] Anti wrinkle creams are for old ladies. The dressing table drawer is crammed with said creams. And I am so not an old lady yet.
8] Older women who ogle younger men are so pathetic. Err. I’m pathetic. I call it appreciating beauty.
9] A great evening out is dancing the night away at a packed loud discotheque. Err. My knees just gave way the other day. My eardrums dont take well to high decibel levels. I’d rather just stay at home with the spouse and the child and order in takeaway.
10] And finally, 40 is waaaay old. Its two years away from where I stand right now, and I am no way old.
Seriously though, serious things I have changed my opinion about.
1] Education: It is alright if you dont have great degrees to back you up. If you are literate and enterprising, the world is your oyster. And even if it isnt, enjoy the ride.
2]Junk food: It is not okay to overdose on processed food, snacks and junk food. Keep your system clean. Eat healthy. And your body will thank you for it.
3] Being nice to people no matter what: Sometimes you just have to be nasty. And it is okay if you get tagged a bitch. Its better than having feet wiped all over you.
4] Getting things done my way: It isnt important. What is important is getting things done any which way.
5] Saying sorry: It doesnt make me less of a person. I’m sad it took me so long to realise it.
6] The world doesnt revolve around me: Though I might try hard to convince you it does. It now actually revolves around my son.
7] Fat melts itself: I know now that fat hangs on for dear life and needs commando tactics to be employed in order to get it to let go from your skin layers.
8]Jewellery: I hated wearing jewellery. Now I’m a walking jewellery shop. Ageing does strange things to you. You need add ons to make yourself look better.
9] Being truthful: Sometimes you need to say a white lie to keep people sane.
10] Status Symbols: I thought they were hollow, pretentious and wannabe. I scoffed at them. I wore my export surplus with pride. I marched down fashion street in search of bargains. But I now shamelessly hanker after a LV monogramme Alma. I put my diamonds on. I wear labels. Yeah, well okay. I’ve become a hollow, pretentious, wannabe.