Although I'm not directly involved with the senior care/aging industry, I think I have a unique perspective on aging as an outsider. I'm in and out of medical providers offices all over the state of Florida all day long, every Monday through Friday. I see literally hundreds of faces a week, most only once. It's a rushed schedule, so I seldom get to interact at length with anyone, but I do have a few minutes to just observe almost everywhere I go.
I recently came across this quote by Albert Camus:
"Alas, after a certain age, every man is responsible for his own face".
On face value (pun intended) this would seem a rather obvious statement. But it got me thinking about all the faces I've seen and what certain "types" seem to have in common.
The majority of people I run into when I'm in a doctors office are not positive, upbeat people. Well of course not, you say - Who's happy when they're at the doctors office and not feeling well? While of course there is merit to that argument, I would argue that it's no coincidence what I've observed.
I believe that attitude and outlook are the major determinants of the face we all ultimately wear. Think about all the people you know and how their face reflects who they really are, the road they've traveled. The sheer gravity of unhappinesss, bitterness, being unloved takes a heavy toll both on our well being and our appearance.
In contrast, those people who have surrounded themselves with love and happiness appear healthy and youthful no matter what their age. As a point of reference, I am 54 years old. The people who I've been observing are my not so distant future.
What Mr Camus was saying to us is that we have a choice...I'll choose the love. I've seen what the alternative looks like.
About Craig McLeod
Craig McLeod is self-employed and spends his days traveling throughout Florida. He’s a driver’s seat philosopher who finds profound insight through the art of observation. He loves nature, dogs and some people, especially his granddaughter, Ellie.
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