Beauty, Vanity, and Wisdom

“Beauty, what is it? Its defined by whose standard? What does it look like? Who is really qualified to determine what is or what is not?”  

An 86 years old woman dressed spiffy once told me when I’m old as her to dress sharp from my head-to-toes. After inquiring why, the woman looked at me and said, “honey, when you’re as old as me, no one continues to compliment your face. They will look at what you’re wearing and say, those are nice shoes, and I like what you’re wearing.”


Her words resonated and resounded with wisdom and truth.

In society, during our younger years, we’re defined by beauty.  Myriads of our thoughts are vain. Some tend to conform to the definition of beauty by the dictate of others in this capitalistic society. Many buy products or have surgical procedures to enhance or preserve their beauty.

Nevertheless, the elderly learned contentment. Their concerns of beauty are lessened. Primarily because the elderly possess wisdom in knowing compliments are generous words, but they’re not words of affirmation. It they receive them, they’re fine, if they don’t, they’re fine.

As time passes, their need for validation is lessened because beauty is not important like health and well-being.  Health and well-being make life fulfilling.


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