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To Botox or Not to Botox

My son asked me why I have so many lines on my face. Isn’t that AWESOME?! I laughed and told him that each one of those lines represents a night’s sleep that wasn’t. (Sigh)

He asked why the skin crinkles on my forehead, but never goes away. Hmmmm. I wasn’t aware that I had a crinkly forehead. I should really look in the mirror more often! I’m hoping these crinkles are just part of this pregnancy, but honestly, I think I’m getting old. Who am I kidding, these wrinkles aren’t going to go away. They’re my life lines that just started doubling 7 years ago and seem to rapidly multiply each day. Such is life.

Really though, on the flip side, there is a way to take a wrinkly mess and make it positive. So, here I am, making a “Polyanna” attempt at wrinkles.

These life lines are really just an emblem of my love. They’re evidence that I live and that I’m human. Each little wrinkle could tell a story. And each little wrinkle represents time and energy spent on what’s most important in life to me. They represent the sleepless nights with babies, toddlers potty-training, nights spent wondering how to help each child, etc…

When my son asked me why I have so many lines on my face, I instantly remembered this post I wrote years ago and sent to Oprah (when I had less wrinkles). It talks about my encounter with a woman who had a beautiful soul. She was lovely. I saw beauty differently.

A part of me looks forward to getting the final make-over after the baby is born, which could include an injection or two of Botox (since I supposedly need it). Wrinkle-free sounds pretty awesome. But the other part of me wants to let my kids know that aging is part of life and our looks aren’t the most important thing. I know there lies a balance between what makes us feel good about ourselves and being too extreme, but I’m wondering also why we can’t accept aging as beautiful and recognize that life is challenging for everyone and sometimes those challenges show up under our eyes. When will that be acceptable? The message I really want to send to my kids is that beauty comes from within. Thanks to my encounter with “Rose” ,who really made me think about what is beautiful, I’m a fan of real people who are honest and beautiful even with life-lines all over their face.

But I’m also a fan of looking and feeling younger. Hmmmm.

What do you think? Should Moms Botox or not Botox? Sport their real face or wrinkle-free face?

 

Photo Credit: Starush via PhotoXpress

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