These were the words uttered to me as my daughter kissed me goodbye and left for school this morning. It’s also the first thing another mom said to me last week, upon entering the classroom to run our reading group.
Now, I don’t know about you, but when someone tells me I look tired, my mind translates it to, “Wow. You look like shit. Take a little better care of yourself, will you?” Just like when someone asks you if you’re pregnant (and you’re not), someone might as well be saying, “You’ve gotten fat.”
I admit, I may be a little more sensitive than the average person when it comes to things like this, however.
In general, I’ve got dark circles around my eyes. Even when I was younger I had them, but they’re far more pronounced now that I’m older. Part of it is hereditary, part of it is allergies, and part of it is because I know I don’t get enough sleep or drink enough water.
Because of this, whenever I post pictures of my family, I hesitate to post ones of myself because, well… I look tired. And to me tired = old. And I’m trying to keep up the illusion I have in my head that I still look like a smoking hot 25 year old. (Don’t laugh. Come on. Okay, you can laugh a little.)
So, here’s a picture I didn’t post before because if it were up to me, I’d airbrush it. Instead, I just post pictures of myself with sunglasses on.
Now, I’m curious, though to try a few things. First – if I drink a TON of water and actually get sleep, what will it do? And second – I’ve been told staying away from dairy can make those bags disappear. Let’s experiment. I’ll start with the water and sleep (ha) and if either a) I can’t sleep or b) I see no difference, we’ll try the dairy thing for a bit. Anyone want to join me?
If not, tell me what comment drives YOU crazy.