Midlife Mayhem – Ageing Gracefully Like Helen Mirren

I never realised how hard it would be to age gracefully and work it like Helen Mirren.

Who knew that overnight, those dormant grey hair follicles would take up arms and spring into life, more wiry and stubborn than my existing lifeless locks, and with no real hope of ever fitting in; unlike Helen’s.

And that I’d suddenly become a walking advertisement for being ‘bloody old’ and ‘letting myself go’, unlike Helen, who has matured like a fine vintage wine.

And whereas in my salad days I could get away with an eight weekly trip to the hairdressers for my camouflage of youthful highlights, it has now become a five weekly trauma, to avoid the tell tale signs of senescence.

An expensive luxury, that forces me into gridlocked conversation with a twenty-year-old coiffeuse, enquiring about the plans that I don’t have that night, while I sit and pretend that her small talk is brain taxing. I bet Helen still has plans.

The roots do not lie, and although I can admit that Helen Mirren works a hoary mane, I have come to the realisation that I’ll never age as gracefully. Maybe beauty does come from within, after all.

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com (chrisps) – Graceful Grey

8 thoughts on “Midlife Mayhem – Ageing Gracefully Like Helen Mirren

  1. I have hair issues as it it with mad curls that do as they please I just hope that the graceful will come with age other wise I will just be a wacky old hippie


  2. You are absolutely right, beauty comes from within and I can see it in many of my friends who are at that ‘certain age’. ‘Certain age’ having the meaning that they are certain of who and what they are, comfortable and confident in their own skin and more attractive in a wholistic way than they have ever been.


  3. Helen Mirren certainly rocks it in the aging department. But meh, we are all on our own aging journey. Gravity may be a little unkinder these days, but the freedom of being in the 40’s and with it a smart inner confidence and wisdom outweighs the ‘droop”. That and going a few shades lighter so I can extend the time period between hairdresser visits does it for me. Thanks for swinging my way, am now following:).


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