Wednesday, 16 December 2009

How far would you go?

It's time for a serious post: yes, it was bound to happen eventually, hehe.

I've always wanted to read Dorian Gray. Its one of those storylines that I've always been drawn to.
I recently saw the movie and it was just so intiguing and interesting! It encouraged me to read the book, which I've just finished, and I loved it. It was full of some great quotes but the moral of the story was superb. It was so shocking and really thought provoking.

For those of you who haven't read it, I'll give a quick synopsis, hopefully, without ruining it for you guys. Basically, its about a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. A portrait of him shows whats going on in is soul, but his beauty remains untouched, as he pursues a life of immorality.

This really got me thinking about how far someone would go to perserve their youth. I mean we all want to look young and beautiful forever, don't we?
I'll be the first to admit this, I'm very vain and personally, I've aways been kind of scared of growing old, especially since recently, when I found my first small strand of white hair!

We live in world that is obsessed with image and beauty, and we've seen how the media hounds celebrities when they're not looking their best.
We've all heard stories of plastic surgery going wrong but even then, its becoming more and more popular. Personally, I think the only time someone should get plastic surgery done is when they are physically scarred, for example from severe burns. But lots of people spend loads and loads just to make themselves appear younger.

A lot of people do age gracefully and naturally, so why change the natural process?

Not to mention the ridiculous amount of creams and formulas that are designed to make you appear '10 years younger'.

So I wanted to ask: how far would you go to maintain your youth? And why do you think that people are so scared of growing old? And last question: would you actually like to be eternally young?

Sherin xx
Dorian Gray picture from
Fire Drank
Madonna Picture from
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P.S. This is a scheduled post as I'm on holiday. I'll reply to all comments as soon as I get back (well after some sleep)


A said...

I will cleanse, tone and moisturize, try to eat well and exercise, and realize the full transformative powers of a good haircut and makeup. But invasive procedure are not for me. Granted, I'm only 24 so that opinion may change, but I just feel like once you start on that road you kind of have to keep it up, don't you?

Leah said...

I'm not scared of growing fact I think I'm old based on the age of the other bloggers here.

I believe that the more we worry about growing old, the more older we look. I have accepted the fact that I can't forever look young so I just enjoy life with no worries about looking old. I can say that I have mastered the art of growing old gracefully.

I still rely on moisturizers and eye creams but other than those, I'm super low maintenance.

PS. I have a blog give-away. Hope you can check it out.

Retro Chick said...

I haven't seen the film yet, but Dorian Gray as book is an amazing piece of work (and Oscar Wildes only full length novel, his short stories are fabulous too)

I think I must be nearly dead compared to some bloggers! I'm not scared of it, but we do live in a society that seems to value youth and beauty over age and experience and the reality of that can be difficult to deal with.

Claire said...

I know I'm always such a flippin' naysayer, but I'm really not worried about aging (external). I think it's possibly because so many of my televisual fictional heroes (and the people who play them) are "Older".

Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), Poirot (David Suchet), Miss Marple (various), Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Quincy (Jack Klugman).. These people all have shows that feature them at the head with a supporting cast who just LOVES them and looks up to them in all ways. A lot of them get a ton of babes and long-term relationships aren't hard-coming, they're all super-competent and wise. And I honestly think they all look great.

Plus, I've always been fascinated by my dad's forehead wrinkles. I like the way aging shows accumulated personality. I guess I'm just kind of interested in how I'll change?

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I want to read that book too!

And to answer your question, I'm not sure how far I would go. I don't think I would do surgery of any sorts (that stuff terrifies me) but I could see myself as the kind of women to use a lot of anti-aging facial creams and whatnot. I do think women who age gracefully are the most beautiful. Plastic surgery can be SCARY!!

Anonymous said...

I think its up in the air really. I have always said people should only get certain surgery if they're scarred or something is seriously wrong with them, but I realized there's also a sense of things people want to change about themselves to help with their self esteem, everyone has their own preference. So I guess it depends on the reasoning too. I would do botox! but then again I freak out about the whole paralyzed face thing haha

Cafe Fashionista said...

Elderly people are often shunned by society; I believe that's the main reason why so many people are frightened of growing old.

In terms of plastic surgery, I think that it is up to the person in question. If that is what will make them feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin, I see nothing wrong with it. :)

Cheryl said...

I'm super low maintenance. I don't use make-up except for a dab of lip gloss to moisturize my lips. I use a cream to moisturize my face especially on those dry, cold/windy days or something with high SPF to shield the skin against the harsh UV light.

I think the best way to maintain your youth is to eat healthy. What you put inside is what you see outside.Even if I have all the money in the world, cosmetic surgery would be the last thing in my mind.The cost isn't always proportional to the post-operative result.

I think almost everybody is scared of growing old but I want to grow old gracefully.For those who wants to look eternally young, it's vanity that's making them do some drastic measures on their natural appearance.

I think I've seen a movie about Dorian Gray and have read the book a long, long time ago. :)

PS: I'm daring you ladies to show us anything BLUE that you have in your homes/closets. Sherin, this task is peanuts to you because your fave color is blue and sorry Leia for making this a little bit harder for you. ;)

Intrinsically Florrie said...

What's so long with growing old? I know I'm not yet 18 but I really hope I will grow old gracefully and am looking forward to my style evolving over the years.
I think it's really sad that our view on what we should look like at each age is so distorted these days. :(

Random fact: People always think I'm a lot older than I am. Many a time have I had to politely say something about how I'm 15 (well not now but you know it was happening back then) and doing my GCSEs- I don't need house insurance or pay the bills yet.

Florrie x

bryna said...

great post. i definitely am vain, but i don't think i would ever go to any length to change my looks. not just surgery, but even botox and things like that.

Miss Peregrin said...

Great post! I plan on growing old gracefully (or not so gracefully), accepting it, and being happy. Invasive plastic surgery is not for me. I was born with a cleft lip and palate, so I've had 12 (mostly cosmetic) surgeries already, and trust me, the pain is not worth it if all you're after is to look a little younger.

Maria Confer said...

Oh, I read the book years ago, but must read it again.

~kristie~ said...

that's a tough can say you'll never do it now, but once you get older, your mind might change

hope you can stop by and follow my blog!

Marz said...

Couldn't agree with you more on this post. It is saddening to think that so much of our time is spent on thinking about such trivial things, but it remains the fact that if we didn't think that it mattered to *others* we likely wouldn't spend so much time on it ourselves. It is a communal problem really, but its likely not to end any time soon. Great post btw!

Harriet said...

This is such an interesting topic! I think I'm in the minority here when I say I would potentially consider plastic surgery if in the future I'm not happy with the way I look. Yes you do hear of things going wrong, but procedures have moved along a lot in the last few years, and I really can't imagine how I'd feel if I looked in the mirror everyday and didn't like what I saw.

I think the real problem though is when people become addicted to plastic surgery, or if they keep thinking it will make them happier and then actually it doesn't change anything at all.

ana said...

I've been thinking about this and I've thought that after having my kids maybe I'll fix something... but as I grow older I want to look normal, natural and pretty. I want to be a happy old lady not wishing to be 25 again. It's just not possible.

Rachel said...

I'll admit, I'm not thrilled with the idea of getting old and getting wrinkles and all that. However, I wouldn't go so far as to get any kind of plastic surgery to make myself look younger. I just don't think I could handle the pain and all that comes with it. Haha.

I don't see anything wrong with plastic surgery really. If people want to do it, then go for it. They should be able to do whatever makes them happy and confident. However, it's just not for me.

I watch The Real Housewives series on Bravo and see all these women getting plastic surgery and Botox and getting boob jobs. I just couldn't imagine that being normal and having those things done. Nor could I imagine my own mom doing those things!

Lady Smaggle said...

I adore that book. It's my all time favourite. As for how far I would go to preserve my youth... I don't think very far at all. I'm kind of looking forward to being an intelligent, well-travelled, interesting older woman and just don't think that boob jobs and botox will go very well with the whole theme you know? I'm thinking Susan Sarandon and Merryl Streep here. Fabulous!

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