damn in love with buttered toast

October 19, 2011

The Decline Narrative

The most disturbing aspect of the decline narrative is its method of operation and the ways in which it manifests. It creeps insidiously into our subconscious minds by means of ‘innocent’ portrayals of youthful beauty, joy and health in nearly every advertisement for nearly every product; it is therefore never balanced out by portrayals of beauty, joy and health in any of the other age ranges. This has created the new fate worse than death: aging. Because the best features of life are purported to exist solely within the paltry decade between one’s blossoming teens and the onset of one’s late twenties, it is unfathomable for exposed minds to presume that aging is anything other than decline; in beauty, ability, acuity, success and possibility of happiness.
The decline narrative is also blared at us shamelessly and without disguise throughout pop culture. Live fast and die young, party hard and die pretty…these are the mantras our youth are supposed to espouse, and totally do. The phenomenon of a quarter life freak out at age thirty is no surprise…most of us never had any concept in our minds of life after our early twenties, and when bodies begin to age, responsibilities begin to weigh, and the sudden stretch of long, unglamorous life before death begins to sink in as reality, what are we supposed to do except freak out? We have been given precious few examples of peace, beauty, grace, joy and fulfillment achieved in later stages of life; not even lipstick is marketed toward older women by older women; how are we supposed to buy lipstick?!
Decline is not inevitable. I firmly believe that despite certain emerging wrinkles and sundry crackling joints, I am a better person than I have ever been, and happier also. My happiness makes me more beautiful than I have ever been, this beauty makes me more contented than I have ever been, and my contentment makes me more fulfilled. This is something I anticipate growing and improving over the years; I intend to die an absolutely stunning creature ringing with accomplishment, passion, wild tangy enjoyment and expansive humor.
We can decline to decline by taking the focus off of the wrinkles and muscle pains, and placing it on the evolution of our minds and spirits. Also, taking good scientific care of our bodies beginning at an early age can greatly slow the definitely inevitable decline of the physical self. There is no denying that our bodies begin to crumble with age, but intelligence and vigilance can keep most drastic health issues at bay almost for our entire lives, barring the intervention of ‘natural disasters’ such as HIV or cancer.
If declining to decline is simply an instance of living in denial, damn fine. Apparently a little denial is good for the heart, mind, spirit, soul and blood pressure.

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One Response to “damn in love with buttered toast”

  1. Hobi Says:

    Ironic because in jut about every study Ive read, happiness and contentment go way way up in your 40s, you stop caring overmuch about doing and being the hottest and strongest and best and you enjoy being yourself. That sounds rad. I can’t wait for that.


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