. I can follow this by continuing my assertion that you should not be attached to your form/body/face…ask yourself these questions
1) Are you attached to your form/body?
If you are attached to your form/body, be prepared for a world of pain. Know how really silly you are being. Does any other animal in the world or “thing” in nature care about its appearance? Does a tree in the autumn with its leaves starting to turn yellow, red, and brown weep and hope and wish its leaves remained green? What a shame if you think in a way that is against Nature. What if you saw me with a ladder and green spray paint coloring the leaves back to green? Is that not the definition of insanity?
As your form ages, you will form wrinkles, sagging skin, hair loss, and other physical maladies. You will not be able to run as fast, and your waistline will likely expand. Your suffering will be directly proportional to how much you are fixed on the notion that you should remain the same in appearance as those pictures of yourself at high school prom. Remember the central tenet of Taoism and Buddhism…things change! If you are attached to your needing to remain the same, which nothing ever does, then you will start to burn with suffering in the exact same proportion of your attachment to your body.
Besides, society makes it so that you are guaranteed to feel miserable if you have an attachment to your body. They put up Hollywood billboards and signs and have magazine articles that show the perfect woman for example at age 18. Who on earth can stay at the tender age of 18? Or even look 18? For a female in the U.S., she has a life expectancy of about 80 years old today. So, she has to stay miserable for 60 years of her life? I actually feel so sorry for any Western woman being raised here amongst all the ads with all the photoshop, the airbrushing, the makeup, and careful lighting. All with the models being young women in their late teens is seen as the ideal. Don’t hold onto form. You must recognize that attachment to something that will change, that must change, will only bring you unbelievable suffering.
Do you see all the Hollywood actresses that are aging? They look just so sad. I remember reading yesterday of an aging Hollywood actress named Michell Pfiffer. She decribed aging as sort of a “mouring period”. And another actress from “Sex and the City” fame, Sarah Jessica Parker, described her aging as a “wilting flower”. It is so depressing. They are so attacted to form and their selves are fixed onto their youthful age. Every single of them them is like a bomb about to explode.
Today’s supermodels will be next year’s diet representatives like in Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, and they will become so addicted to tranquilizers so they can forget their pain… due to change. They have spend so long identifying themselves with their form, they cannot change their mental status. Their entire lives will be fixed to the moments where they were 18-25 and beautiful, they will not be able to change their obsession with their youthful selves, forever attaching themselves to a period of time that will never return.