Aging

Thursday, March 03, 2011

So this has never happened to me before, this whole liking someone who was famous long ago and is still around today.  I'm talking, of course, about Jordan Knight and the New Kids On The Block.  Between trying to catch up on all that I missed over the past 25 (!!!) years and trying to keep up with their renewed musical efforts, I'm not sure how I have time to even write about trying to keep up with them.

But let me tell you, it's a mind trip.  Seeing what was 20 years ago, immediately followed by what currently is.  It's like being able to look into a crystal ball and see your future.  Kind of.

As I mentioned a couple of entries back, I spent pretty much all of my teen years idolizing Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys.  I never really thought about the future back then, maybe except about the day I would turn 18 and would be able to legally date Nick.  And how bad Nick's tattoos would look once he started getting wrinkles.  Sure, the guys were asked questions like "Where do you see yourself in ten years" and I never really imagined them breaking up, but I never expected them to carry on with the band into their late 30s/early 40s.

Thing is, I grew up with the Backstreet Boys so I don't see the drastic effects of aging on them.  AJ's gained some, Howie's hair is shorter, Brian has more facial hair now and Nick's lost a ton of weight so he probably looks older than he should for a 31-year-old.  But they're all still very much the same to me.

Not so for the New Kids.  1991, even for me, seems only a handful of years ago, so it's shocking to see that the New Kids aren't clean-shaven, puerile boys anymore.  Jordan, especially, was the one whose past and present selves I had a difficult time reconciling.  It seems to me that between 1991 and 1992, he really grew up and his look changed enormously.  I don't know, maybe it was the braces.  But all things considered, he's kept himself in excellent shape.

Still, I'm so used to 40 being "the new 20" that I find myself thinking that his face looks old for 40.  Look at all the 40-somethings in Hollywood, looking fresh and bushy-tailed, without the help of "enhancement" (I think).  Jennifer Lopez is 41!  Jennifer Garner (yikes, didn't mean to go down the Ben Affleck route) is 38!  Hell, let's go down the Ben Affleck route ... Matt Damon's 40!

Maybe it's just me, but I think there is a reverse-double standard when it comes to how young I expect 40-somethings to look.  I guess I've been spoiled, living in the city and flipping through too many fashion magazines (sorry, Baz), by 40-somethings who look like they're in their early-to-mid 30s.

Regardless, this has made me reconsider my health regimen.  Which, as of right now, is virtually nonexistent.  I am of the "eat anything, you only live once" camp.  But maybe I should take some precautions.  Maybe I should really start listening to Baz Luhrmann and start using SPF moisturizer again.  And exercising.  And sleeping more than 5 hours a night.  And stop with the sugar and candy overload, because that is probably the number one thing that will make me look like I'm 40 when I turn 40.

Am I too young for this?

Probably not ...

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