I work hard to take care of myself and love getting compliments that I look younger than I am. However, I get a constant sense of inadequacy and dissatisfaction with myself after reading Glamour and Cosmopolitan because their models and even the celebrities featured are airbrushed to such perfection that I can't help feeling unhappy with myself because no matter what I do, I cannot get all of my laugh lines and wrinkles to go away and cannot get myself down to a size zero (I am a 10-12) and if I did, I certainly couldn't do it without some stretch marks and cellulite spots, of which nothing of the sort show in the magazines. Does it make sense for me to basically subscribe to self esteem issues and feeling inadequate? I decided at 35, there is too much else to worry about, I don't need to struggle with my self esteem on top of all else life has to offer.
I have not even made it through your whole magazine yet, but I like what I see and I like the sense of camaraderie and understanding of where mid 30's and older women are in life and what is important to them. I hope I continue to feel good about myself as I finish the second half of More.
I don't think that I am much different than other women out there. I want to spend time reading a piece of journalism that makes me feel like there are other women out there, especially celebrities, who battle the same issues I have as we mature. I want to put down my copy and feel sad that I have to wait another month, like I used to when I could more relate to the early twenty issues, relationship matters and career events that were important to me when subscribing to Glamour and Cosmo. Now those magazines make me feel like I have a ton of work to do on myself, that I need to start another new diet, re-think my entire wardrobe, start saving for plastic surgery...
I understand that maybe the average public person doesn't necessarily want to see a swimsuit model with severe cellulite, weight issues and stretch marks. I understand that part of society. It is a reality, but maybe we don't even need to see that at all in magazines. What I do love is that we all age, no matter what we try to do to stop it or how much time or money we invest. Why does that fact have to be hidden in the media? Thank you for keeping it real.
Please keep up the good work and I will be subscribing. I have many friends who I think are going to be refreshed and excited about this as well.
Oh my goodness. What a great end of the day to come home to my September issue of More and read your page 22. Reality is: I have nine girlfriends who came back together in our late 40's after being friends since fourth grade. Today, school started in Dallas:-/(. Our kids are now in college, married, working, or in the military, and since we came back together, there has not been a dull moment. Sadly as it is, some are divorcing, some are becoming grandmothers for the first time, and some are questioning life in general. And may I add that my one and only daughter graduated from college in May 2011, married in November of the same year, and is now teaching kids with special needs to live on their own. Whaaa!
And my grandma name she wants to name me is "Grandma Wrinkles." Really?? I'm successful. I have worked 30-plus years through a male-dominated company and was recently named Vice President (second female in our company history). Now I'm questioning if I should run for the board of directors of my company or do I look at some nice beach where my grandkids can come visit someday and call me G'dub
(a cool way to reference Grandma Wrinkles)?
Anyway, I'm only on page 22 and felt the crazy urge to share what is going on in this 50-something life and nine girls coming back together after so many years apart.. I thank God every day and night for bringing us back together. We are conquering 50-plus, one day at a time.
Thank you MORE!
I am writing to apologize for my recent very angry survey answers. It has been bothering me since I hit “send,” As there is no way I can retract my answers, I decided to go through the book again, as you had asked us to do in the survey.