Whoever said anti-terrorism and anti-corruption are impossible wars should try anti-aging…
Remember how Meghan Markle’s gray hair strand went viral back in 2018? Well, mine didn’t. When I spotted a strand of gray hair on my head, I felt like my entire face was also wrinkled and my eyes sagging to the floor. I even pictured my ovaries shattering, like scrambled eggs. Then I heard a loud voice saying unto me “My child, you are getting old!” (lol) Immediately, I declared war on aging saying to myself “even if I am getting old, it must not be evident, lest my potential spouse mistakes me for his grandmother 😊
So, I quickly consulted Professor YouTube to get some carnal weapons of warfare against aging. While I have sometimes confessed that I’d be a dummy without YouTube/Google; I must now admit that I’ve been one because of it. You’d think I’d research gray hair? No! I searched “how to clear wrinkles” (although mine were imaginary). Hundreds of videos popped up. I clicked on those with over a million views, comforted that I am not alone in this struggle 😊. I learned from one smooth-faced sweet talking youtuber, that if I applied mashed bananas on my face daily, I’d be “visibly younger” in a week!
Men and brethren, for 15 to 30 minutes, every day, after 8 exhausting working hours, yours truly applied bananas (which she badly longed to eat) on her face! It itched and ached, but I thought that meant the treatment was taking effect. I even found Bible verses for my anti-aging regiment: Deuteronomy 34:7 “Moses was 120 years old when he died; [yet] his eyes were not weak, and his vitality had not left him.” Psalms 92:12-14: “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree….they will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”
I said “Oouuuuh Glory Halleluiah! Yes, Lord Jesus! Fresh and Green, even in my old age! That’s my portion.”
Well, after a week of religious mashed banana rituals and “scripture incantations,” I had one of the worst break outs EVER! Then, I became overly self-conscious. My self-image and confidence began depleting too. Don’t do that to yourself.
I once thought celebrities like Haile Berry, Omotola Jalade, Sandra Bullock, Genevieve Nnaji, Gabriel Union look so much younger than their ages and, with some effort, I could look younger too. Now I know that’s untrue. No one looks younger or older than their age. We all look our ages – given our unique genes and the sum of our life’s experiences.
Don’t get me wrong, we must take good care of ourselves: eat well, drink lots of water, eat fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and, let me add – read your bible and pray daily😊. DO ALL YOU CAN to stay healthy, NOT young. I have found freedom in accepting the truth that: I live in an aging/mortal body.
I made peace with my one gray hair, knowing it will eventually multiply. (Actually, before the peace truce, I’d tried removing it 😊. Turns out gray hairs grow back speedily.) Anyways, you can also make peace with however your body is adjusting to age: balding hair, protruding stomach, stretchmarks, weakening knees, ailing back, sagging breasts, transfiguring face etc.
Ultimately, the war against aging is not meant to be won, not even by cosmetic surgery, Botox, hormone regeneration or banana paste 😊. And if someone tells you that you look younger than your age, they also mean you’re much older than they thought (JUST SAYING).
Aging, as we do every second, is a blessing not something to dread. It is a beautiful evidence of how far God has brought us, NOT a nagging reminder of “prolonged singleness” or lack of whatever else we think we should have had by now.
Proverbs 16:31: “Gray hair is a crown of splendor.” Isaiah 46:4 “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
#Age with Gratitude&Joy! God makes all things beautiful in HIS TIME. SHALOM!
God bless you,
The Christian Bachelorette.
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