“The first requirement (to becoming an Elder),” writes Thomas Moore, “is to be comfortable in your years.” Of all the requirements, I know this one I have fulfilled. Why do I know this? Just a couple of signs. I know longer consider my weight or size when determining my success in how I eat and exercise. I have one goal in mind: stay around as long as possible and be as able to serve while I stay around as I can.
Others, especially other women, don’t get it. I know because they will compliment me on my weight loss even though there has been none. I have been told that the skin on my face looks so young. I tell them that I use a special cream because it has sun screen in it and I don’t have to put the stuff on all day long…just once in the morning. When I went to Weight Watchers, people would say, “I am here because I want to be healthy”. Then they would get all giddy over a pound lost. They loved the little metals they got when they reached their goals. Forgive me or sounding critical but I know they are about looking good. They are young. That is what young people do. If they are my age, they are not Elders I guess.
But I don’t care. I have to force myself to care about how I dress, for goodness sake. I am not liberated enough to wear pants with paint on them to a wedding reception, but I am working on that.
I am more than comfortable in my years.