May 01, 2010

Soapbox Saturday - "old"

I've been thinking about something a bit lately that I wanted to share.  Below you will see some "vintage items" that are from Pottery Barn.  I think they are all beautiful.  I absolutely love vintage items.  I think it is so amazing to see the wear and tear on an object....to think about who used it or where it's been....to see that it's been so worn and loved.  Vintage stuff is so "in" right now. 

We even take new things and try to make them look old.  We buy jeans with holes.  We sand our painted signs down and rough them up.  We do all sorts of stuff to make an object look as though it's built character through many years.




Now, here's the question.  Why do we try to do the exact opposite with ourselves?  Why doesn't society see the beauty in wrinkles?  Why don't we look at someone older and think, "I wonder what I could learn from her," rather than "Could she drive any slower!!!"  (I often find myself thinking the latter.) 

We spend millions on creams that promise to take years off our faces.  We lie about our age.  We dye our hair.  We edit our photos.  We refuse to accept the fact that we have been on this earth for quite some time and that it's beginning to show.

I'm not sure why society is like this.  I don't have it all figured out.  What do you think?


I wanted to show you this last picture I found.  I love it.  I hope that when I'm older, that my hands show that I have worked hard.

14 comments:

Jamee said...

great post!

sara said...

i am right with ya.

i took a picture the other day of my little girl holding her great papaw's aged & hard working hand in the hospital. http://tognomemeistoloveme.blogspot.com/2010/04/hand-to-hold-on-to.html

Cass said...

Thankyou! I am glad to know someone else thinks this way too. After my third child I decided that strech marks were not to be hated but instead be proud of. Hey it's proof (3 times around) that I am a mom which I am proud to be. I think that ageing (sp?) defines people and tells a story of their life. (even at 27!)

Yolanda-Jade said...

LOVE THE KEYS! :D

Beckie said...

So glad I stopped by....I couldn't love this post more....thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Cassie said...

That last picture is so cool. I wish I had a picture of Papoo's and Yaya's hands together. They were hard workers for sure!

Rachel Santos said...

I could not agree more! You should check out Simon Biswas - he was featured on the blog Mint the other day. He is a photographer and his portraits on black are stunning! Way to celebrate the wrinkle!

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leardonsbelle said...

Thank you for the post. I loved it! And completely agree!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

That is so true!

I, personally, think that it's a vanity issue. Things are not vain. People are. Some view "vintage" things with respect. And others view "vintage" things as an inconvenience. I hope I'm teaching my children the latter.

Have a great weekend!

Jen said...

I love the elderly! I always have. I say be proud of your wrinkles - you earned every last one of them! Thanks for the post Cheri!

Kingston girl said...

What a wonderful post! I love your blog and how honest you are. Thanks for making it real. I put an award on my blog for you!

Christie said...

I totally agree. It is too bad that we don't embrace getting older and looking older! It's obviously not as bad for guys--gray hair and wrinkles on them is totally acceptable. Why do we all listen to the "world", is my question! I wish I didn't, but I do. Good thing to think about!

Ólöf said...

I guess it has a lot to do with how you are raised as well. Because I look at my body and think that it looks like it has a story. I have stretch marks from the pregnancy of my sons, crows feet from laughing and smiling and long days in the sun. callused feet from loving to go barefoot and hands that show that I do dishes and clean my home and grow things to eat from the ground. All this and I´m only 28. I love my body just the way it is.

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