Friday, May 18, 2007

The passing of the years

My passport is about the expire, and what better time to contemplate the passing of the years?

Here am I, 10 years older than in the first photo. Am I 10 years wiser? Most definitely. Am I 10 years more ragged looking? Well actually I'd say no. I never thought that I'd have the same haircut, the same propensity to wear black, the same red patch on my chin, but on the whole I'd say I am more pleased with my appearance now than when I was 20.

This has much more to do with my state of mind than the way I looked. I did not enjoy being 20. In the first photo I had just got married to the wrong man, and deep down I knew it was wrong. I still did it though.

In the recent photo I might not be grinning as much, but my eyes definitely say that I am happy, confident and altogether more grown up. Better dye job too, and that's due to the large increase in disposable income I've enjoyed in the last 10 years!

So, in conclusion, I do not mourn the passing of the years. I celebrate them, and I thank all my friends and family for being there for me when I needed them. Here's to the next 10!


Blogger Pedja said...

hmmm...are you sure you didn't swap the photos around?

4:13 PM  
Anonymous rach said...

Oh, cheers Pedja!

See you on sunday x

4:48 PM  
Blogger sandra wyman said...

Congratulations Rach!
Wish I looked that young again.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Tony Ruscoe said...

Like a good cheese that just gets better with age... :-)

Perhaps that's what the 90s did to us. I'm not 30 yet but I think I look better on my new passport photo too. Maybe I'll dig out my old one and make a post too.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Because I'm that little bit older I have two old passports, and I have to say (vain as I am) that my current passport photograph is the best - so much so that when people see it they can't beleive that it's me!!!! Even the Customs guys are confused!!!

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At times it is incredible when we actually think how fast the years go by.10 years I was half the person am now. I am a single mother and graduating from college. I never thought that I would even go to college; let alone graduate and raise a son in the process.

2:04 AM  

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