Sometimes I look in the mirror and think back to the 24 year old me. No it's not that long ago thank you!
When I say 'think back' what I actually mean is I stand there tugging my face in all different directions to remember what it looked like before I acquired 'characteristic features'! Back to when the only time I had dark circles under my eyes was after a night of dancing and drinking Baileys (Yes Baileys, all night!) and the blackness was a combination of lingering mascara, club smoke and being knackered! The first time I noticed a wrinkle under my eye was when I went to wipe away foundation and realised some was stuck in the bloody wrinkle! I was a little traumatised at the time! especially as I'd just started dyeing my hair for the sake of not being silver!
I remember the days when every going out outift I owned was of the short, skin tight kind and I could have a seven course meal without having to consider a food baby! And as for heels, I could stand all day in heeled boots at work, swap them for dancing shoes later on and still be on them in the early hours crouched in a taxi queue!
Despite my 'characteristic features' if you look at me at arms length I can get away with looking youthful! (Oh yeh!!) I've been ID'd so many times that I feel I should get some sort of sticker chart and follow up reward! (Yes I am boasting!) In my late 20's I was once asked for ID when buying a lottery ticket! I mean you have to be 16! (Woo!) In the supermarket I got ID'd for buying a bottle of wine despite it being alongside all things necessary for a chicken dinner (not exactly crisps and white lightening!) And just yesterday, my most recent high five/spontaneous dance moment when a cashier said I would soon know when I started having kids.., I told her I had kids and happily absorbed her look of shock while she told me she didn't think I was old enough! I enjoyed the moment so much (maybe too much) that I felt it only right to let her know that my daughter had just last week turned 20! I wish I'd have taken a picture, she genuinely didn't believe me! I'll be honest with you now, I may have skipped home!
So here I am reminiscing with tunes I used to dance to, not only dance to but embarrassingly hog a podium and dance to (hangs head in shame). I figure it balances out, I'm older than I used to be but so what! I'm still young (ask my daughter, I tell her allllll the time!) and although I'm a little more 'detailed' trust me there's a lot more room for laughter lines!
Someone once told me that life is for living and age is just a number.
You know what? that person was right.
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