The changing face of Age

I remember when I was 6 or 7 and we would be with my aunts who were in their 30s and 40s. At the time I thought they were old. I am now 3 years off half a century – yep that would be 3 years off 50 – and today I think I am young.

My daughter often jokes that sometimes she feels like the parent; my son is the same. And hubby, well he often thinks I am a little bit like a child as well.

For me age has changed my body shape. The once size 10 bean pole is now a very voluptuous size 20. That’s right – I have doubled in size. But you know what, this body produced 2 very awesome humans. So, I wear the term “thick” (as my kids like to call it) with pride.

My face is starting to show lines – yes, they would be wrinkles. As a muso I have very late nights, as a teacher I deal with lots of stressful situations. I guess these things are starting to show on my face.

Over the years I have written many blog posts about body image for the young. Today I would like to talk about body image for women my age. I have always held the opinion that I am not compulsory in anyone’s life. If you don’t like the way I look, then move along, look elsewhere. I wear my body with pride; my wrinkles are a sign that I am aging and I am grateful for that.

I don’t use magic potions that cost huge amounts. I buy the cheapest natural skincare I can; in fact, I am exploring how to make these things myself. Why is that as we get older we seem to spend more time and money on making ourselves appear younger?

This nearly 50-year-old is looking forward to aging, so accept and be proud of your lines and extra baggage. Surely it is about being healthy, not looking younger.


Laurainne Marshall (AKA Lo) lives in Sydney, Australia with her 2 kids, Hayley and Jamie, and her soul mate of over 30 years, Graham. Their furbaby is a beautiful Groodle  named Jarrah.
Laurainne has many roles - Wife, Mother, Teacher and Musician. She believes that life is to be lived at full throttle and is deeply spiritual. Her motto is “Grab life and run.” She also believes one person can make a difference in this world and hopes that by sharing her life experiences, she might inspire a few people along the way.
When she is not teaching through the week, you can find Lo belting out 80s hits in her band Soundproofed. You can follow the band on Facebook.

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