Fifty has always sounded quite old to me so the fact that it is actually here feels a little odd. I have thought for a while about the fact that I wanted to celebrate it though, because really, I think that it conjured up a different image in my head when I thought of the age than the reality actually shows. My body bears the signs of wear and tear for sure, but I feel more confident about it now than I did when I was younger and I wanted to mark the occasion in a way which reflected this more positive attitude towards my body and towards the signs of ageing.
Ageing is a natural process and I don’t like the fact that often we are meant to shy away from it and hide the way that we are. I don’t like the pressure on people to change their bodies to fit an image which portrays them as being younger than they are. I am pleased that in this country there are still relatively few people in the mainstream resorting to surgery to make their bodies appear more youthful, and I am happy that I am part of a community which celebrates body shape in a way which looks for the beauty rather than for the flaws.
My plan was nearly thwarted by the fact that I just had surgery and I almost gave up on the idea that I could try to create an image that said what I wanted it to. However, thanks to the support of HL and some of my online friends, I felt encouraged to give it a go and try to say what I wanted to say through this image. The world is made up of so many shapes and sizes, but young and old alike, it is important to respect our bodies, enjoy them, and celebrate being who we are. So this is me, au naturel, feeling fabulous at fifty.