Post # 1
This is prompted by a conversation I had with my manager last night, who is apparently terrified of getting the “old woman saggy neck skin,” as she put it. She’s currently 55, and claims she is starting to get it (I don’t see it), so she pulls at her neck skin in hopes of tightening it.
So, do you have what others might consider “irrational” fears about aging, whether it be physical or mental?
Mine has to do with my earring holes. I don’t wear heavy earrings becuase I do not want the holes to be all stretched out and touching the edge of my ear when I’m older. Not gauged ears stretched, but just where the piercing hole has turned into a long slit from years of heavy earring wearage. My sister finds this weird that I’m concerned about this, but I can’t help it!
Share away! I’d add a poll, but I don’t know what the options would be for one.
Post # 3
@Twyla_Smith: On the vanity end, I worry about getting an even thicker middle than I already have. I’m not overweight by any means but I’ve always carried pudge in my stomach, and I’m super self conscious about it. I also worry about saggy boobs–mine aren’t little and they’re bound to fall to my belly button eventually.
But more than the appearance stuff, I worry about things like dementia and not being able to take care of myself. Those are the things that actually terrify me.
Post # 4
@Twyla_Smith: I would really hate to have vericous veins but I know they can be fixed.
I work with the geriatric population exclusively in a medical office and there would be too many things to list about possible problems down the road. I just try and look at it as ‘when I get there, the treatments will be better’. (fingers crossed)
Post # 5
I’m only 30 and I have fairly ucky joint pain with I’m in the same position too long or when I’m doing things that are very active, so I shudder to think what I’ll feel like in another 30 years.
Post # 6
I’m TERRIFIED I’m going to be incontinent! I have no basis for the fear, aside from that my Mother has a weak bladder from childbirth (I was an extremely traumatic birth)
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2
IBS seems to run in my family so I’m dreading that. Also dreading putting on weight post 35 or whenever and more eye wrinkles.
I am however looking forward to bring a proud mum/grandma and owning my own place, do aging’s not so bad!
Post # 8
No…none. I’m 43 and I plan on spending my time enjoying life not worrying about things that I cannot control (or should I say will not control in this day and age).
I would rather age gracefully…wrinkles and all then look like the ‘stretched’ celebrities out there!
Post # 9
I guess I’m nervous about saggy boobs… and how my tummy is gonna recover post-babies.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I don’t know if it is irrational, but I certainly spend a lot of time worrying about wrinkles. I have so many anti aging creams. I wonder if they are working ha.
Post # 11
@Twyla_Smith: You can get a lobectomy much easier than a face lift. I wouldn’t sweat the lobe thing but I do see it. It definitely limits earring options later in life.
Post # 12
I think I’m going to be a really strange looking old lady. All the old ladies I’ve ever seen are short and have their white/gray hair cut short and permed. I’m hugely tall at 6’1″ and I’ve never in my life had short hair, except as a baby. I’m going to look deformed, I just know it.
Post # 13
I don’t have many fears vanity-wise. But I would be afraid of not being able to take care of myself or alzheimer’s (luckily I have no family history of either). I also want to stay in shape, but I know if I keep it up throughout my life there is no reason I can’t be in good shape at 80.
Post # 14
@Twyla_Smith: On the vanity side I fear saggy elbows. I lotion my elbows every day to prevent it as best I can.
Post # 15
I don’t have any fears, and should escape a lot of common problems because I’m not having children. Similarly, putting on weight doesn’t concern me as you can just diet; I plan on staying roughly the same weight I am now through a healthy diet and exercise.
If I ever feel very very unhappy with anything, I would consider cosmetic surgery to fix it; I think we are fortunate to live in a time where we don’t have to just put up with things if we don’t want to (my mum recently had face-lift surgery as she was extremely unhappy with her jaw-line and neck; money very well spent IMPO as she feels a lot more confident, has started wearing her hair up for the first time in years, etc).
My concerns about aging tend to be more in terms of finances/savings, and physical health.
Post # 16
Well, I am 45 and don’t have any fears because aging is part of life… I try to keep a young attitude, dress cute and keep it moving… Luckiy for me, I have good genes, so we have a tendancy to look younger than we are. Would like to lose a few pounds, that’s why I am back to excercising… I celebrate all 15 gray hairs and I am not dying them, I celebrate my little pooch belly and love the fact that my man loves me just the way I am, even got a little arthiritus, can really feel it when it starts to rain.. but none the less I am thankfulful for all of my years of wisdom.
and FYI my earring hole is starting to strech.. but it hasnt stopped me from wearing my big earrings.
so no fears here.