Do you spend too much time examining your face in the mirror? Is that a new line? Is that an actual gray eyebrow hair? Do you hold your cheeks back and try to remember what you looked like 10 or 20 or even 30 years ago? And your neck…like Nora Ephron, do you feel bad about your neck?
You don’t want to miss this article from last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine by Stella Bugbee, who begins,”I don’t want to feel bad about my neck. And so far, I really don’t. It looks totally fine. If you saw my neck, you’d agree: There’s nothing wrong with it.
“Nonetheless, I’ve been in an ambient state of dread about my neck (and the rest of my aging body) for the last 15 years or so. I’ve been worried on two fronts: (1) That even though I generally feel good about myself, I will grow to hate my own appearance. (2) That other people will hate me because I have stopped being young. I’ve read Nora Ephron; I know how this movie ends. The credits roll and there we all are: accomplished older women, standing in front of our mirrors, pulling at our turkey-wattles, feeling bad.”