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Looking Years Younger

Sally Stone

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This past weekend, on Sunday, I spent the day as Sally, and like most days when I'm presenting as she, I expend a lot of effort doing my makeup and coifing my hair before I venture out.  I'm still absolutely amazed at how many years careful makeup application tends to knock off my looks.  I always notice this, but it's obvious others do as well.  During a casual conversation with another woman at Starbucks, she indicated that we might be close to the same age.  When I asked her how old she thought I was, she told me "45, about the same as me."  I responded by telling her "yeah, that's pretty accurate," despite the fact she was off by exactly 20-years.  I was quite flattered by her mistake, even though I recognize that looking 20-years younger than I actually am, is due mostly to makeup and hairstyle.  The big question is, will I continue to fool people into my 80's?  We will see.  


P.S. She clearly knew I was trans, which I could tell was the reason she struck up a conversation in the first place.  Icing on the cake was that she commented very favorably on my sense of style and my individuality - talk about making my day.  

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How totally wonderful that must make you feel!!! Your avatar picture always gives me the impression of a stylish, confident woman. I've always thought that attitude was an important part of how people perceive one's age - and you've surely got a rocking attitude. I bet you'll pull of looking younger forever.


I'm still working up the courage to venture out in public and one of my concerns is that I'm over-doing my make-up. I'm definitely a work in progress as I perfect my look and style but it's enjoyable work finding this real me.


Thanks for sharing this inspiring story!!

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For a long time every time someone heard my age they would say "no you look maybe 60".  Being a wise-en-himmer i'd say: " i was hoping you'd say 39" or perhaps : "i'm celebrating the 35th anniversary of my 39th birthday".   Unfortunately as my hips get worse and i rely more on a cane i look and feel quite old.  Nothing like a cute perky wig to remove a few years.





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I have had people express surprise when I told them my age.  I was tempted to ask "How old did you think I am?", but I couldn't do that without singing the Oil of Olay jingle, so I didn't.  😄  I am guessing that they put me in my mid 50s, but I don't want to put them on the spot by actually asking.


I'll take it as a win, though.

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