With apologies to Olay, here is a lovely tag passed on to me by Itchy. Ageing to me has always been the big boogieman standing right at my door, waiting to sink his scythe into me. All that age builds character lines, and adds beauty and such like doesnt cut any ice with me, because frankly, after you get them wrinkles, no one calls them character lines any more. They’re wrinkles. And they age you. And they make you invisible in a public setting. It makes one angry and sourfaced, and leads to puckering and frowning, and therefore, more wrinkles. The horror, the horror.
Short of using a steam iron to keep the face wrinkle free, and staying clear of all the fancy creams on the market promising to do so and actually just succeeding in keeping your wallet wrinkle free (my favourite cream? Johnson’s Baby Cream. Works the best. Better than all the anti wrinkle/anti ageing stuff I’ve tried and I tell you I am a skin care product junkie), staying wrinkle free is also a matter of attitude. Here’s where I think the years are catching up with me:
1] By the time the man says let’s make a night of it, I am already snoring with my mouth open and drool dribbling down my chin.
2] I wear sunglasses not to look cool, but to protect my eyes from hurting in the bright sunlight. And also to prevent the wrinkling that will happen from squinting in the sun.
3] My greatest moves on the dance floor are getting out of the way quick and finding a comfortable seat by the side.
4] My idea of exercise is bending down to tie the shoe laces to my sports shoes.
5] I still remember the words to inane radio commercials of my childhood “mahabaleshwar ka Fountain hotel, phone number yaad hain na?”, TT Underwear Aur Banian, Raju tumhare daant motiyon jaise chamak rahen hain, but cant, for the life of me, remember the lyrics to a song in a movie I watched yesterday.
6] My idea of roughing it out is staying in a hotel without 24 hour room service.
7] I look at myself in the mirror every morning and think, for an almost forty year old, I’m in damn good shape. Thinking this as a youthful me, intent on starving myself into anorexia would have been blasphemy.
And for my tips on anti ageing:
1] Eat a well balanced diet. Take a multivitamin daily. Take enough Omega Fatty acids in your diet or through supplements. Drink enough water to keep your bowels clear.
2] Stay out of the sun or use sunscreen. Use sunglasses and a visor in the sun.
3] Get a complete night’s sleep every day. Stay away from late nights as much as you can.
4] Cut out or cut down the sugar, alcohol, cigarettes and toxic negative thinking. Stay away from toxic people.
5] Spend time with children. Pray every night.
6] Get some exercise daily even if it is just a walk around your block.
7] Laugh as much as you can. And try to make the people around you laugh.