Today’s children, the internet generation, are much different to what we were 30 years ago. They are in touch with the world and are deeply aware of trends and looks. Naturally, they feel good when they know their mother has taken the trouble, the initiative to look good and take care of herself. Simple beauty routines, such as, keeping well scrubbed clean feet and hands can go a long way – so does cleanliness, using a deodorant and some perfume. These are no longer considered luxuries – just as a fridge once was considered a luxury worthy enough to be displayed in the living room instead of the kitchen, today these aspects are considered basic necessities vital for clean and healthy living.
Yet there was a time, when almost all women who are mothers and wives today, took the trouble to look good. As young women, they followed the latest trend and found the time to take care of themselves. Now that they are no longer young and are mothers, they are being unfair to themselves by letting go – of themselves, their looks and their personality. You can always invite that young girl into your heart again - in fact, she has always been there. Some of us need to find her within us to put the zest back into our lives.
A clean, well-dressed mother is someone her children and her husband would be proud of. A mother who takes care of herself and is confident of her place is a source of inspiration to her children. It doesn’t mean you need to waste time or money to look good. It takes very little to look clean and smart – a worthwhile investment in yourself.
It is also sad that some women tell themselves they have aged and decayed long before they have. We do not need to look at Hollywood stars such as Joan Collins and Susan Sarandon who look very good despite the fact they are well over 50; but take a look at former Bollywood star Hema Malini who still looks better than her actress daughters. They say you are as old as you believe yourself to be. An alert mind, the right food and the right exercise regimen can put the glow back in your face and the style back in your appearance.
There are things we cannot change in the world which we must accept. But taking care of yourself, exercising, sticking to a healthy diet, dressing well and cleanly, is something you can change about yourself. It is never too late to start.