It’s what we’ve been led to think for years…….. that once we reach 40, it’s all downhill. This summer, I turned 40 and I definitely had my moment.
Let me take you back a few weeks. I was driving on the 101 in heavy traffic, passenger seat stacked with errands, my impatient 4 year old co-pilot in the back. For some reason my fingers landed on my chin. I thought a stray hair from my head must have attached itself to my chin -- but NO, it was a CHIN WHISKER! And that’s not all, it was pretty long, so obviously been growing for quite some time.
According to Google, this is due to an increase in male hormones and decrease in female hormones. Well, isn’t that just what I DON”T want to hear!
I have starting noticing a myriad of hormonal issues that have come with getting more mature. As if spending all of my 30’s having babies didn’t plague my body enough. Besides my new friend, whom I have affectionately named Chinny Chin Chin, PMS is hitting me like a tonne of bricks. I mean, I come up with some insane (that sound absolutely sane at the time) thoughts. Bless my husband each month as he treads lightly approaching Day 28.
My passion project is about creating a positive body image, and I know that it sounds like that should make me immune to freaking out at such moments as finding a chin whisker. But alas, no.
I do know that as we get older, we feel so much pressure from our environment and media to look and age a certain way. Women aren't given the same freedom as men to age. Men get rugged, women are told to find a way to get rid of their wrinkles. I’ve come to learn there is not much we can do but change ourselves, and that means embracing yourself in the skin you're in -- chin whisker and terrible PMS and all!
I know there are much more pressing issues to discuss, but it’s good to take light of things and realize we are all the same. Chinny Chin Chin is very fair and blonde, so it’s hardly noticeable. But it’s good to keep around for those moments when I am in deep thought and stroking my chin!
Melissa Menzies is a Australian Mum to three young ones and lives in Palo Alto. Check out her fashion blog YummoMummo.