Republished February 2024
(A Toastmasters Project)
Originally published in Forte 2018-2019
It’s a tale as old as time. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is only skin-deep. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
On some level, we all know that the most beautiful people are not necessarily the ones we love the most. Nor are they necessarily the most intelligent, the kindest or the most socially aware. Beautiful people are good to look at. As human beings intellectually programmed to appreciate art, we can’t help but admire beauty in a purely aesthetic sense.
There are physical manifestations of aging that can’t be avoided, although some blessed women have seemingly ageless genes. Most of us? Not so much. We lose collagen and elasticity. Facial muscles droop. Permanent wrinkles develop. Let’s be honest. Compared to the way we’ve always regarded ourselves in the mirror, this is not feelin’ pretty time. I think most women address this uncomfortable process at some point. The least possible amount of time worrying about it is the goal here.