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    I suspect I am too lazy to do anything but age gracefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farasha Hanem View Post
    Hmmmmm...hang on a sec... *runs to PoetryPoem.com*

    Here we go:

    To Age With Beauty

    To most, growing old is a frightful thing
    that should be avoided with all one's being.
    Science and medicine are presently engaged
    in striving to retard the effects of old age.

    However, in my opinion, it is better to face
    the approach of one's twilight with dignity and grace.
    It is useless to cling to unwarranted fears
    of the impending encroachment of the latter years.

    As I grow older, let the changes I see
    in the mirror reflect how Christ would have me to be.
    May the lines on my face be fearlessly caused
    by the countless smiles I give without pause.

    Let honor and wisdom in my life be seen
    as the years kiss my hair with a silvery gleam.
    May the passing of time sweeten my heart,
    regardless if health from my body departs.

    Lord, make me everything You would have me to be,
    Let me be an example of aging with beauty.

    November 25, 2002

    This is really more about having a right kind of heart as we grow older (I have to admit to being guilty of coloring my hair, lol). I think it's more important to have a good attitude and a caring heart, no matter what age we are.

    I hope to bellydance for many years to come, and I hope someday to become good enough to share that joy with others and do my chosen craft justice.
    Kudos to all here who perform for other people, no matter what your age!
    Somehow I get the feeling that your hopes will become realities and that along the way you'll bring light and smiles to many lives.

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    Thank you, Granddad.

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    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, Martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘WOO HOO, what a ride!’"

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    [QUOTE=lizaj;97122]
    My reservations about plastic surgery are:
    doctors are trained by tax payers to save lives not enhance the vain
    my husband works in a NHS hospital and sees the results of bad plastic surgery
    I actually don't like the look most surgeons achieve!
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    This is my take on what a doctor should be too.
    Surgery should be about saving lives not saving face.
    Plastic surgery, in my opinion, should be left for those disfigured by accidents.

    I love that photo of you Lizaj, you look beautiful and the lady (in her 70's?) in blue is lovely. And the lady in pink does not look 60 either.

    My initial praise for Shanazel wasn't about her getting up on stage because she's an old gal but because she had such a long hiatus between performing.

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    And Shanazel says thank you for the kind words.

    There is vanity and there is vanity. Where would one draw the line? Cleft palate deserves plastic surgery but ears that stick out through a person's hair do not because a person should just learn to live with the non-life-threatening defect God deals them? The girl with the nose the size of Texas should just suck it up and live with the taunts? The man who life dealt breasts a woman would be proud of should just deal with it? No accident, no deal?

    There may be a lot of psychological damage lurking behind a person's apparently frivolous decision to have plastic surgery. Sometimes what appears to be saving face is saving a lot more. I have had plastic surgery twice. It changed my quality of life and peace of mind tremendously, and I am not about to make assumptions about whether someone else's surgery is frivolous or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    And Shanazel says thank you for the kind words.

    There is vanity and there is vanity. Where would one draw the line? Cleft palate deserves plastic surgery but ears that stick out through a person's hair do not because a person should just learn to live with the non-life-threatening defect God deals them? The girl with the nose the size of Texas should just suck it up and live with the taunts? The man who life dealt breasts a woman would be proud of should just deal with it? No accident, no deal?

    There may be a lot of psychological damage lurking behind a person's apparently frivolous decision to have plastic surgery. Sometimes what appears to be saving face is saving a lot more. I have had plastic surgery twice. It changed my quality of life and peace of mind tremendously, and I am not about to make assumptions about whether someone else's surgery is frivolous or not.

    If you read my full post you see I balance my intitial gut response to cosmetic surgery. I understand show biz personalities who earn their living by looking good being tempted under the knife. I certainly therefore understand the person who has a problem that makes them unhappy to the point of stress and depression. Someone in my family has had minor cosmetic surgery on their ears . And were I braver and richer I might be tempted to happy that droopy eye lid looked at. But it is also important that folks go to reputable surgeaons as there are plenty of incompetants out there

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    I'm 44 and have decided I'm going down kicking and screaming. I'm a bit scared of the whole surgery thing, so I'll just have to act like a teenager and look like an old woman and embarrass my children. But, you know - not going gently, me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granddad View Post
    My (our) generation (with exceptions) refuse to act our age and don't give a tinker's cuss about what society thinks. I've heard us referred to as the "Forever Forty" generation, it's our intention to grow old disgracefully. Many of us will fight the infirmities that age brings and will refuse to be certified as dead until the lid is nailed very firmly down on our coffins... which will probably shimmy slightly as it's lowered into the grave.

    It's a matter of attitude.... and I think our generation has LOADS of attitude!

    Very well said Granddad I'm surely also one of those who are going to grow old disgracefully (well, who have already started growing old disgracefully I am 48, so two more years and I'll hit 50. But 50 today is like 30 one century ago) And...by the way, why do you call yourself Granddad if you are not even 60? It cannot be because of the age, so I assume you are a real granddad? How many grandchildren do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizaj View Post
    If you read my full post you see I balance my intitial gut response to cosmetic surgery...
    Yes, I did read it Lizaj. I was responding to Nigma's remarks about plastic surgery being limited to those defaced in accidents.

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