Fortunately, our presentation, or “image development”, tends to be somewhat flexible throughout our lifetime. It is a multifaceted process involving the face, mind, body, and spirit. Image development also does not have to be governed by money, prestige, status, upbringing or looks.
We begin to make life choices as a young adult. We adopt our original “flavor” from our upbringing. However, as we experiment with style and our newfound independence, we develop more of a sense of self. During this time, we sometimes experiment with new or unusual clothing and often gravitate toward hair and makeup styles that are trendy and fashionable.
There’s a lot going on in this period because it is also our primary childbearing years. Here, we learn to trade some of our previous life choices for new ones in order to accommodate the physical and emotional responsibilities of child-rearing. Our figures disappear for a time and then return with a slight restructuring. What little time we have for ourselves doesn’t usually include loads of time primping in the mirror.
During our thirties and into our forties, life becomes a smorgasbord. We can now pick and choose what we enjoy, and wish to emulate, in every area of our lives. There is high energy coupled with a certain confidence in our life-goals which brings about a sense of power. In our style, we flirt between a dash of youthful flavor and an air of sophistication. We often choose more relaxed image styles in order to accommodate the ever-increasing demands of our blossoming career and/or family.
When this has commenced, often when the kids go to college and we find ourselves face-to-face with a mate we’d forgotten we knew, we begin to turn the corner to ageless beauty.
Question: If I could be any age, I would be . . .