As I approach three quarters of a century of life I reflect back on earlier times. While my brain still thinks I’m 25 my body is well aware of the toll the years have taken.

My days of two hand basketball dunks are long over. If I ran a 100-yard dash they’d have to time me with a calendar.

Thanks to the miracles of modern medicine I have two new knees, but it will be at least 18 months before I approach anything like a normal movement of someone my age.

Is Beauty Really Skin Deep?

I recently read an article about a couple that has been married 79 years. They are both approaching 100 years of age.

As you can guess they look nothing like their wedding photos taken in 1939. And therein is my point.

Age is a way we mark and measure time. While we may seem the same inside our physical outside changes.

Beauty contests are for the young. I doubt I could make it as a Chippendale Dancer.

What Makes Us Attractive?

During our lifetime there is a point where outward physical beauty gives way to inward nonphysical beauty.

I’m not ready to trade my wife of 35 years in for a couple of 25-year old’s. If for no other reason I’d like to compare notes where we both were when Kennedy was shot.

If you asked someone in their mid 20s what’ the oldest person you’d be willing to go out with they would probably draw the line at 35or younger.

The same question to someone fifty might draw that same line at 70. Physical is no longer the benchmark it once was. The quality of the total relationship takes over.

Some Final Thoughts

It’s been said you’re as young or as old as you feel. I always wondered if that was how old your mind feels or how old your body feels.

There’s more to a relationship than weight and wrinkles. While I appreciate a 20-year-old in a bikini I don’t think I’d want to wake up with her every morning and discuss hip-hop music, Justin Bieber and her latest tattoos.

As the years pass we find ourselves able to process beauty in a whole new way. The mental, physical, and emotional is not wasted on the young it’s just more appreciated in later years by the mature.

What’s your opinion?

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