I was talking to a girl I met a few weeks ago about the fact that we're rapidly approaching thirty. "Ugh," she said. "I don't want to get old and ugly." Someone else at the table pointed out that old doesn't necessarily mean ugly - so she revised her position to saying she wanted to age gracefully, like a movie star. I should have pointed her to this site: movie stars don't, necessarily.
It's funny; I'd rather liked her up to that point, but this conversation really jarred me. I can't imagine caring that much about looking young. Me, when I get old I want to look like my mother's friend Rhonda, not a movie star - gorgeously, powerfully, vividly fifty-five, not a fake thirty, however sexy.