People always say that getting older is getting wiser. Well, I wish it's as simple as that. Getting older for women means fiasco on maintenance, because there's a lot of things that we need to take care of. Nora Ephron wrote a chapter about this on her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck, which I used as title of this post.
Nora said, maintenance is what you have to do just so you can walk out the door knowing that if you go to the market and bump into a guy who once rejected you, you won't have to hide behind a stack of canned food. It includes the things you have to do daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, to your skin, hair, unwanted hair, nail, etc.
I always remember this chapter each time I do monthly shopping and trying to choose shampoo. There's shampoo for damaged hair, another shampoo for coloured hair, another shampoo for black and long hair, another shampoo to strengthen hair, etc. What if I need shampoo for black and long hair and also to strengthen hair? Does it mean I have to use 2 kind of shampoo? Why there isn't one kind of shampoo for all kind of hair?
And for face treatment… As a wise woman, I know I have to take care of my skin and make sure I won't have the same disappointment as Nora had, who felt bad about her neck. No, I'm not trying to look younger, but I just don't want to look old. It is different. Recently I'm confused on choosing skin care product for my face. I was using the expensive products because people say it's the best one and suitable for asian women. But what did I get? Pimples all over my face! Geez!
My forever and hardest battle on maintenance is to reduce my weight and to exercise regularly. Because it needs commitment, consistencies and hard work. I, hardly had those criteria. And I, really love eating. My weight goes ups and downs, depends on how commit and consistent I am on keeping my weight down and exercising 3 times a week. This year, it's getting better, thanks to my personal trainer. I've lost 4 kg and started to get back to my petite figure. My pants has downsized to 28 - 29 and my clothes has downsized to 10. I won't tell you the previous size!
But even though women maintenance has high level of complexity, it has never scared me off or made me giving up. I won't stop trying to figure out the best skin care product, the suitable shampoo and the most effective weight loss program. Because hey, that's what wise women do… So help me God… :D