"Maybe there’s something particularly becoming about success that happens later in life”. This was the quote from a New York Times article some years ago declaring actress Connie Britton, a symbol of age flouting beauty, who apparently, has defied the very laws of physics; successfully daring to live, function and miraculously work in Hollywood -past the age of well...
I take issue, (don’t I always?) with the continued shock and awe at the natural aging process and the surprise exhibited when it's discovered that some improve with age.
What’s wrong with coming into your own as a process? A continuing process? Some things are biological, genetic and will be better when you’re younger.
FACT: As we age our hair thins, becomes increasingly brittle, and follicles shrink. It happens to everyone. But with the respect to the process of life, it takes time to discover your confidence, feel comfortable with your sexuality, embrace odd beauty, find that perfect "go to" hairstyle, and most importantly make peace with the hand we’ve been dealt in these superficial areas. It would be a shame and more than a little boring if all that happened at 18.
Ms. Britton has, at 49 come into her own professionally later than most (although she has been a consistently working actress) and is naturally and in my opinion looking better than ever. Let's face it. HER HAIR IS OUT OF CONTROL!!!! About Ms. Britton's hair. It has been described as “magical and depression inducing”. (I’m sure she has the help of a few hair extensions, but why not?) Her long slightly layered strawberry blonde long hair is so out of control that it has…wait for it… a BLOG! Yes, I said it there is a blog weirdly (who am I kidding?? ;-) dedicated to Connie Britton's hair! http://conniebrittonshair.tumblr.com/
Grace is the point! And achieving that grace takes time. I say cheers to the process! Finding your stride and the patience to stay on the road to getting there is hard, hard work, but such a worthwhile endeavor. In the words of Ms. Britton “My life started being awesome five years ago.”
Go on and wait (and work) for it.