I have a dear 60-something neighbor who grew up in the South during a time when appearance meant everything. As a consequence, whenever I see her, she is dressed to the nines, perfectly made-up and beautifully coiffed. Sometimes after seeing her I’ll catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and think “Wow–she must think I don’t give a damn about my appearance.”
She’s not far off the mark. I decided a long time ago that, with limited time, I often need to choose between make up and hair or a workout. I can tell you there’s never been a debate–if I’m short on time, it’s the appearance that’s going to slide, not the workout.
While there might be some who think that’s the wrong choice (I’m guessing not many of my readers!), I say I’d rather have a fit, healthy body any day of the week than perfect hair and make-up. I’d rather spend money on a new bike than plastic surgery, and that’s not saying I couldn’t use the knife at this age. Taking this a step further, if you put a fit, healthy woman in front of me alongside an impeccably done up woman and asked which was more attractive, I’d vote for the fit woman every time. I’m willing to guess many men are on board with this too.
|What gives, Mr. Zippy?|
The funniest part of all this is Mr. Zippy and his interpretation of attractive. Seriously, the man loves a made-up, tanned, fake-boobed woman any day of the week. He fully admits to having longed for Loni Anderson back in the day. How he ended up with me is one of life’s great mysteries, but I’m glad he did.
So just for kicks, let’s get shallow here: What’s your take on appearance? Fit or done up?