As you get to be a man of my ... maturity, you gain an extra appreciation for those of us who age gracefully. It comes with remembering how when you were in your early 20s you were doubling up on three meals a day trying to get your weight up, but now gain pounds breathing the air outside the Szechuan Palace. Or watching old movies and realizing that the rich, pompous old fat guy who everyone thinks is ridiculous was probably your age when it was filmed. Or maybe when your average viewing choice runs adds for that cane that stands up by itself and investing in silver.
The point being, we all hit a point where you realize that staying reasonably fit, healthy and mildly attractive is more of a challenge than it's ever been. And when that time comes, it helps to look at those who are more or less in your age demo and are keeping it together. Not to resent them, but to use them as inspiration. Which brings me to Sofia Vergara, who is going to turn 50 in a matter of months.
That photo above was her today. This is her from decades ago:
No wonder so many people in Hollywood desperately and pathetically resort to radical surgeries to hang onto their youth. People like Mickey Rourke or Darryl Hannah (just to name two of many) who roll through their 50s and beyond looking like the death mask you find on a mummy's sarcophagus, instead of like normal, healthy, well preserved people aging with dignity. You have to empathize with them as long as their peers are aging like Vergara.
I mean, this is superhuman.
I don't see any evidence she's pulling this off through the help of medical science. But if she is, let's make her cosmetic surgeon the Surgeon General of the United States and make these procedures free for everyone. No, according to my highly trained eyes, this is all natural, 100%, pure, organic Sofia. Putting in the work. Getting the exercise. Watching what she eats. Doing the self-sacrifice necessary to give the world the gift that is her. One that quite literally keeps on giving.
To everyone in your late 40s or 50s, here's the standard you need to aspire to. No one said it would be fair or easy. But at our age nothing worth doing ever is.
Have a great weekend, all.