As I was getting ready to write this essay to you fine folks, I glanced up and caught a glimpse in the mirror of an aging gent, who apparently had come to sit for a spell and act as an audience for my thoughts.
Yes, there was a brief second when I did not recognize the person in the mirror.
Certainly it is me. I am not in denial.
But there is a different “me” living inside, who is vibrant, young, energetic, playful and probably delightfully naive.
The fellow in the mirror is well-traveled, rugged, worn and definitely showing the effects of the passing years.
Sometimes I forget that he is the face of the project.
Maybe that’s why I like being a writer. It allows the other tenant who occupies my space to pull out his cleverness and “cute” ideas, without having to advertise Grandpa, on the front porch.
I’m not afraid of getting old. I’ve been getting older ever since I was born. It isn’t the first time I’ve been shocked by the process.
So I am fully aware that this is a part of life, and by no means do I resent it–it’s just that occasionally I’m surprised at how it physically manifests itself much more drastically than it does emotionally, mentally or spiritually.
I guess I would be greatly disheartened if my spirit looked the same way as my body does.
What is attractive? Attractive is what causes us to be attracted. So what attracts you to a person and what attracts me will certainly be somewhat different.
I know this to be true:
Anyone who is pleasant to the eye quickly becomes a disappointment if they aren’t able to hold up their end of a conversation.
And it is amazing how ugly a person can become once stupidity has been unleashed.
So I guess I’ll work on my outer core, to keep it from deteriorating too quickly, and trust that you will give my inner man the chance to show you how attractive he truly can be.
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