I was looking at my skin in the mirror the other day and thanking God for the good genes that He has blessed me with. Unfortunately, genetics is not enough to keep my skin looking good. It definitely lays a great foundation though! 🙂 I haven’t always looked after my skin. In fact, as with most things, I started my face care routine a little late in life. This got me thinking about some of the tweaks I would make if I could live my life over.
#1. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
As a kid, summer was my favourite time of year. I spent many hours in the sun swimming and playing outside. As an adult, I have spent many hours at the beach and driving in the sun. I never ever applied sunscreen in all that time. Shock and Horror! No doubt it’s the reason for the damage I see on my face today. It would be a lot worse if I didn’t eventually heed the warnings out there about the dangers of sun exposure. SPF50 is now my friend. Remember…it’s never too late to start the habit either. I know it sucks trying to find one that doesn’t leave you looking ghostly if you are a person of colour. It looks like the companies are getting better at it. We live in hope I guess.
#2. Don’t smoke
Let me start by saying that I LOVED smoking. I loved the ritual of smoking. I loved lighting the cigarette and taking that first deep pull on it. I loved smoking while drinking coffee (my other vice) or after a good meal in particular. Yip…you get it…I LOVED smoking. The thing is though, if I had never started, I would never have known what I was missing out on. It’s been almost 5 years since I stopped and I will never go back. Stopping was not easy and brought on a host of other issues so nope…I am not going to start once more. I have no desire to go through that drama again. This leads me to #3…
#3. Be an exercise junky!
Here’s the thing…once my life as a student ended, I became quite sedentary. I also had a car so walking hectically long distances was no longer necessary. Initially, the weight crept on. You could still find me dancing the night away in the club over the weekends. The impact of having a car was negligible. I stopped clubbing. Well…that’s when the problem really started. The weight started creeping on faster and faster. I was in denial. I had been thin my entire life. “This can’t be happening to me”. I did nothing. Then…I had a baby. The weight piled on. Only then did it twig that I better get my A into G and move. I lost some. I gave up smoking…sigh. I gained loads more than I had lost! Yip…Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho it’s off the gym I go. I’ve got this! This war I will win. An exercise junky I will become!
#4. Take more risks
Those of you that know me, know that I can be quite scared of my own shadow at times. I have probably missed out on a lot of opportunities in various areas of my life because taking a risk scared me. There are times when I see my son been afraid of taking risks. My heart breaks because I know that he is missing out on something exciting that he will actually enjoy. Sometimes he surprises me and faces his fears head-on. That’s when he inspires me to face mine 🙂
#5. Fail more often
One of the reasons I didn’t take more risks when I was younger was because I feared failure. I was soooo embarrassed to fail. I am also a control freak. The problem with taking a risk is that you don’t know how things will turn out. Being in control has kept me feeling safe. Life is short though and safe has become boring so my new life rules have become:
“I won’t get if I don’t ask”
“I won’t learn if I don’t try”
“I can’t win it if I’m not in it”
This is the tip of the iceberg for me. Striving to give my son a great life experience has forced me to question my beliefs. I often have to unlearn things so that I can relearn them, especially through his eyes. The world becomes a marvellous place again when looked at through the eyes of a child.
I leave you with an African Proverb …
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