My Sexiness Conundrum

Aka – Celebrating my mid 30’s

Can I confess something to you?  Well, here goes, I just celebrated a milestone birthday, aka, reaching my mid 30’s.  And here’s the thing, for the first time, I am struggling with it, because I am really feeling my age.  Not in the aches and pain sort of way, but rather, in the realization that youth is fleeting (which is in striking contrast to what I felt when I wrote this).  While I fully accept my body just the way it is, I am suddenly coming to terms with the reality that others may not.  And while, I know this sounds incredibly superficial, being regarded as attractive matters to me.

I wish so badly that it didn’t.  I wish that I could just go out into the world not giving a damn what people think 100 percent of the time, but honestly, I do care.  Every so often, this weird feeling overtakes me where I am not sure how I am portraying myself to my friends or even those around me.  Again, I want so badly to spout off about how looks don’t matter, and it’s what’s inside that really counts.  But if I’m being honest, first impressions do matter.  How you look, smell, smile, or even just carry yourself can make a lasting imprint on a person.  And I cannot help but worry that as I age, I may have to put more effort into ensuring that I project the image that I want.  That statement alone puzzles me, with deep conflicting emotions of wanting a devil may care attitude, but also, craving a little bit of attention from time to time.

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Take for example, an event that happened on my birthday, which might better illuminate where I am at right now.  I have a friend that I find quite attractive (OK I actually have quite a few because honestly I love my inner circle to pieces), but for this story let`’s just focus on the one.  He`’s a man that I would find myself quite attracted to if things were a little different, ie valuing the friendship far more than incorporating anything sexual.  Yes, that is a mutual thing, and not some cheesy friendzone nonsense.  For me, a friendship with this guy just makes complete sense and anything physical just wouldn`’t.  But in a moment of drunkenness, he mentioned something off the cuff about me being gorgeous, as an almost afterthought during a conversation where I was trying to figure out which of the fine ladies at our table he was most interested in so I could encourage him.

Booze was a factor, and we have never talked about attractiveness prior to this, so while I could completely be missing the mark about context here, those words were uttered.  And without rhyme or reason I found myself awash with this complete wave of relief.  Sweet, a friend I find attractive thinks I am attractive too.  That`’s awesome, quick mental high five, and I happily went on with my night.  But days later that`’s where I find myself in a bit of a conundrum.  Why was just being friends with this guy not enough?  Why did it take him telling me I was attractive to give me that additional validation of our friendship?  Why did I feel that incredible wave of relief?

Again, this isn’t one of those posts where I really want to sleep with the guy.  This has nothing to do with sexual chemistry, but instead everything to do with some innate desire to be viewed as sexy by those around me.  I guess it’s just startling that I have not yet grown out of that phase of my life.  I genuinely wanted to be the lady in red, when I was in my early 20’s.  That woman who would walk into a room and turn everyone’s head.  Why? I just cannot describe exactly why, because the reality is, if that ever happened I would turn beet red, be overcome with emotion and either start giggling or crying.  But again, reaching 35, I sincerely wonder, if I have missed my chance to turn all the heads in a room.  Was that a mere fantasy of youth?  Are these moments of feeling sexy going to become less frequent?  Am I seriously going to have to start doing yoga and taking care of my body on a daily base now?  Do I just have to accept that I am always going to have this superficial urge to wow people from time to time and that’s just part of who I am?  Perhaps though putting a little extra effort in now isn’t this horrible beast of an idea…?  Oh how I wish my looks didn’t matter on the level they do.

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4 thoughts on “My Sexiness Conundrum”

    1. I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that you are asking about simply hooking up? If that’s the case, you need to practice safe sex yourself, 100 percent of the time. And you need to be comfortable asking the same in your partners. Nothing is guaranteed, but strong communication and the ability to respectfully ask about sexual history with testing and contraction is incredibly important.

  1. Thirty-five was a long time ago for me. In my eyes you’re just a kid a couple years older than my youngest daughter. So some thoughts from someone that really is older, I will not yet claim old. That youngest daughter happens to have a four year old son, so I truly am a grandfather.

    I had a neighbor in the 1990’s who was in her mid 30’s at the time. She had gotten married really young and her second child, a daughter, wanted to marry really young. They actually had to go to court to get permission for this child to get married. When she got pregnant very soon after, my neighbor was really upset. She was complaining at (thirty something, I don’t remember exactly but 36 comes to mind) she was too young to be a grandmother. I currently know some people in their 40’s and 50’s that look younger than she did then.

    I don’t think it is a failing of society that looks matter. I think the degree they matter and the situations we let them matter in are problems society needs to work on. Often, what we consider a sexy body also shows signs of being a healthy body. I think advertising and fashion magazines have taken it to far in one direction. If we are just with a group of fairly well adjusted friends we would find they think those that appear healthy will also appear the most sexy.

    You don’t need to do yoga and other things daily to be sexy. You need to do those things to stay healthy. If you stay healthy, not only will you keep looking sexy and turning the heads that matter, but you will be able to do the sexy those looks make people think about.

    1. I think you hit the nail on the head there. Healthy is far more attractive than unhealthy. So to strive to maintain health and longevity should be the ultimate goal, however I just find that vanity sneaks her little head in the logic far too often in my case.

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