Friday, September 16, 2011

Ass Or Face- Do You Have To Choose?

I managed to catch Up All Night with Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph, and Will Arnett. The past few years I've tended to steer more toward the criminal and legal shows... ya know, for tips and ideas, but I decided to give it a go and not explore my inner serial killer in favor of a little lighthearted sitcom time.

Overall I enjoyed the show, especially the bleeped out cursing and the scene of them partying like BEFORE they had a kid and the subsequent realization the next morning when they woke up to the sound of a crying baby and slamming hangovers. Toward the end, Maya Rudolph's character said something that I've heard before, "At a certain age every woman has to choose between her ass and her face." Originally that quote is attributed to Catherine Deneuve, but Rudolph's version is a bit less high fashion and a bit more true to life. Deneuve simply meant that you can choose to have a wrinkly face and a pert ass or you can have a fuller face with less wrinkles and a chubby body. The meaning it took on last night was simply, "you can't have it all."

I know quite a few women out there who will tell me that it's not true. You CAN have it all. That might even be true. But looking back on things, I don't know that I really would have wanted it all. I've been a stay-at-home mom. I've been a wife. I've been in executive positions both before kids and after. I've been a "wisher, a dreamer, a magic bean buyer..." There were even times when I was many of those things at the same time. There has yet to be a time when I didn't wish I could fully devote myself to one thing.

Even if we look at just the physicality of it all... I've worked pretty hard to get in shape and I'm sort of proud of my ass right now. My face has indeed shown more signs of age as a result. Perhaps not for the reason you think though. It's not a lot saggier, but I can see my laugh lines now. You can see the early signs of paper fine wrinkles around my eyes. And you know what? I sort of like it. Hey, I don't want to look like the crypt keeper any time soon, but I earned these lines from smiling, laughing, crying, and living. I wouldn't give those up even if I could get a great ass AND plump skin.

Having it all depends on your perspective. I think I've had it all. Maybe I didn't have it all at the same time, but I had it. Sometimes I still do... (wink wink). There have been times I've wanted more, times I've wanted less, and times I wanted to throw it all away. It doesn't last though. There's nothing wrong with working toward your "all" but don't forget there's probably something in the now that is pretty damn great too.

Cue the Stones....

14 comments:

Left Coast Guy said...

I like your face just as it is now and as it will be later. Live, love, laugh.

Dean
http://leftcoastguy.com

Paula said...

This is such a sweet post! I agree, I think you should be proud of all the battle wounds your body carries, whether they are actual scars from surviving an accident, stretch marks from having children, or laugh lines. Life is too short to worry about a few wrinkles.

Gorilla Bananas said...

Your face looks young to me, but maybe that's the photo. Are you going to tell us about the butt exercises you do?

Ed Adams said...

Your face looks nice.

I'd need to see your ass before I can render my full opinion though.

Just sayin'

Sarah Lindahl said...

I like my little wrinkles too. Laugh lines are great. Wouldn't trade them for the world. Of course, I also have a fat ass, so I REALLY DO HAVE IT ALL!

Sandra said...

I love that: I earned those lines. Very well said. But yeah, gotta hang on to that good ass as long as you can. One day it will be down to your knees no matter how many squats you do.

Fred Miller said...

I haven't read this, yet. I just want to say that the title is irresistible. How can you not read something with that title? Don't know.

Fred Miller said...

I'm in complete agreement with Ed. We need to see your ass. I promise it will be gorgeous.

Static said...

I found Up All Night to be a bit disturbing...mostly because I could relate to it all too well. Except for the kids thing, and the friends joining me for drinks...I usually drink alone. But there's a lot to be said for exporing my inner serial killer sitcom show with a side of ass and face to hold my attention.

Angie said...

LCG,
That's what it's all about isn't it?! :) Thx!

Paula,
I am giving us all a Purple Heart award. I think I need to create one for my site and give one away a week... hmmm that's a good plan! Here's to loving ourselves battle scars and all! Cheers!

GB,
Avon makes amazing face spackle! :p As to butt exercises... My treadmill belt started slipping a couple of months ago but it doesn't slip when I have the incline ramped up. It's helping!

Ed and Fred,
Let's pretend it looks like um... Jennifer Aniston's in that nude scene in The Breakup. Imagining is half the fun.

Sarah,
LUCKY! I am always tempted to buy those underwear with the butt already in them just to see what it would look like to have a perfectly round booty. I don't because that would be like buying a piece of ass. I am against that. LOL

Sandra,
Amen sister! And I HATE squats!

Fred,
It's all about the title, right?! No one would want to read something that is titled, "I have wrinkles and contemplate my worth as a human being" LOL

Static,
Like Dexter with more witty sarcastic banter.

Linda Medrano said...

I'm horribly vain. At 65, I think I'm quite beautiful, face and butt. I think the most attractive thing a woman (or man) can do is accept themselves and like what they see.

Angie said...

Linda,
No truer words can be said about the subject! The less I focus on what I used to call my faults the happier I am with who I am. I think it's sort of sexy myself! :D

Azra said...

I was watching one of Oprah's shows on repeat and Teri Hatcher was saying that she doesn't want to be a 60 something year old woman that still looks like a young girl, that she wants to own her age. And I agree 100%. Aging is a natural process of life and the fashion world and cosmetic companies have tried to convince us that we can put a stop to it for much too long. There isn't a single product in the world that could ever reverse aging so instead of agonising over it, women should just embrace it. I mean, didn't someone say that a confident woman is the sexiest thing? ;) I think you look fabulous by the way.

Angie said...

Azra,
YOU LOOK MAHVELOUS! Aging is natural and beautiful! You're right... confidence is the sexiest thing a person can wear. Male or female. :)

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