Beware of the Anti-Aging Curse

No matter where you look, everyone is obsessing about aging and is on some anti-aging crusade.  Aging is, always has been and always will be a fact of life.  But the pharmaceutical companies are making a killing out of our refusal to age.  No one these days thinks that aging as graceful and they are not about to do so willingly.  With all the lotions and potions as well as plastic surgery available if you can afford it, you can look 10 if not 15 years younger than you are.

How old is old?

So is the anti-aging movement a blessing or a curse? 

Does everyone need or even want to look like they are their daughter’s or even son’s friend instead of a parent?  Well, let me tell you what I’ve learned?  Some people need and do want to.  These are not movie stars.  Simple everyday people like you and me are having to resort to and use the anti-aging remedies just to stay employed long enough to be to afford to retire.

Young old people.

However the same is true for the younger grow trying to demonstrate their wisdom.  Just watch one of the commercials for men’s hair color.  They are telling you what a hair color does for your career.  Who’ve guessed that brown hair won’t help you get a job, now you need what we used to call “salt and pepper” hair color.  Women in their 30’s are flocking to their hairdressers asking to have their hair stripped and redyed Gray.  Why?  Because they need to look older to get a job.  Young men in their late 20’s are doing the same thing although not as drastic.  They opt for gray in a bottle and brush it into their temple hair.

Little do the companies know that the seemingly (based on looks) experienced team they just hired a) will not be able to the job with any proficiency and b) that the new generation of workers will leave when they get the same treatment give the truly seasoned personnel.

Old young people

The older actually experienced people are now turning their attention to looking younger.  Some color their hair, while others opt to a lotions or potions that promised to remove the lines and signs of aging.  Some me are even opting to shave their heads
in an attempt to disguise their age. The challenge comes when they now have to work harder and longer to keep up with the truly younger, inexperienced and less dedicated workers.This anti-aging thing can also be a curse to many unsuspecting companies looking to replace their aging personnel.  The last laugh will be on those that systematically get rid of their aging population which now far outnumber the  “more energetic” group,  only to find themselves left in the dust with a younger workforce who lack “experienced” and are unable to perform.

As for the truly older group, having to keep up with the fake middle age group, proving your worth maybe easier if you stick to demonstrating your knowledge base instead of attempting to prove your stamina.  The bottom line is that everyone is caught up on the Anti-aging curse in different and distinct ways.

 

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