Read enough anti-aging ads, and you’ll walk away with the notion that aging is something nobody wants, but it is entirely beatable.
This, of course, is two myths packed in one. The first: that aging is something undesirable to be avoided at all costs. The second: that even if you wanted to, all you’d have to do is work hard enough at it and aging—and all that implies—is beatable.
The truth is that no matter how fervently we work to minimize the impact of growing older, aging is a natural part of the life cycle. We should no more be “anti-aging” than we would ever be “anti-childhood” or “anti-adolescence.” You may succeed in reducing some of your wrinkles—you may even change your diet and exercise routines so that you age as graciously and vitally as possible—but in the end, you will find yourself to be just as mortal as the rest of us.
Final Truth about Aging»