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A 71-year-old's poetic response to whether attraction changes with age is achingly beautiful

The response was an important reminder of the beauty that comes with growing older and how aging is something to look forward to, not fear.

A 71-year-old's poetic response to whether attraction changes with age is achingly beautiful
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Spending hours on social media can warp your idea of what true beauty is. A constant barrage of pictures of people with all kinds of filters hiding perceived imperfections like blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles can confuse people on what attractiveness really is all about, especially when it comes to aging. But the internet also holds space for deeper conversations about beauty.

The Twitter account @PicturesFoIder recently shared a question that struck a chord with millions of people. “When you get older, do old people become attractive to you, like when I’m 70 are 70-year-old men gonna look hot? This is a real concern of mine,” the post said.

Representational Cover Image Source: Pexels | RDNE Stock project
Representative Image Source: Pexels | RDNE Stock project

While many people responded, it was a 71-year-old's poignant reply that truly stood out. Their tweet began, "I'm 71 years old... as I've gained my decades, at 30, teenagers looked like kids but 20-30 looked good. 40 looked old. When I was in my 40s the 50-year-olds started to look pretty darn good... and so on, but when I was in my 40s I realized if I didn't see some wrinkles they didn't look finished."


Twitter user Lee Grain (@saltedants) added that they noticed a different kind of beauty with age, explaining: "Now at 71, I see beauty that is hard to get into words... like a great work of art it takes my breath away, life is written on a body, hard labor, sorrow, even joy, happiness, fear... it's all right there in front of me... and I swear to God, the beauty, the price we pay in our physical appearance, it's like when you look at a newborn, you admire the perfection. In old age you admire the work it took to get there... and it's beautiful. Hope that helps."

Many Twitter users were grateful to read this perspective. @emilyjames808 responded, "This is such a beautiful concept and an illustration of the capacity to recognize aging as something beautiful and meaningful." Younger people were also grateful for the response that gave them insight into aging as a process to look forward to and not something to fear.

@EvaZelle said, "There’s an unspoken beauty that comes through after I’ve sat with an older person. And it’s quite charming to fall in love with the truth of an individual who’s lived through times and seen things that I’ve seen or have yet to."


@Thicc_Skulll added, “I’m in my twenties and I completely agree. There’s an unmatchable beauty in wrinkles and signs of age. Wish more women my age and teens understood this so we could live with grace and joy, not overly obsessed with looks and weight. Maturity is priceless.”


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