Finish this sentence: “When I look in the mirror, I . . . “
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I don’t like this prompt. I don’t like looking in the mirror.
That’s the sentence I finish. That’s why I don’t like looking in the mirror. People tell me I don’t look my age, but I disagree. I think I absolutely look 63 years old.
I see my mother when I look in the mirror. Each day I look more and more like my mother. I have short hair like she did. It’s not curly like hers but that’s because i don’t get a perm. It’s not gray but that’s because it’s colored. But my lips are like hers. My eyes are like hers. My nose is like hers. I am just like my mother.
The only time I look in the mirror is to brush my teeth in the morning and when I take my medicine morning and evening. I avoid it whenever possible. I hate what I see. I do look in a mirror when I put on lipstick to go out. I hate the lines around my lips. They make me look old.
I am old. There’s no getting around it. I have to live with it. Somehow I have to come to terms with it. I can’t go through life not looking in a mirror. I have to realize who I am a deal with it. I’m not 20 years old anymore. I’m 63 years old and don’t look all that bad. I don’t have that many wrinkles. I take good care of my skin. I have aged, but we all do. I need to admit it and move on.
I need to make friends with the person I see in the mirror. She is a friends. She isn’t a bad person. She’s just an older person. She’s a good person. Give her a chance.