What is beauty? We have often heard the old proverb, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” which is so true because our emotions play a factor in how we identify beauty. Magazines are filled with beautiful people advertising products to make us prettier, more handsome, thinner, stronger and faster. There have been exhaustive studies about how we, especially women, compare ourselves to the pictures we see and strive to live up to or into who we see as the ideal person. All of the comparisons to the unrealistic photos can be damaging to a person’s self-esteem. The magazine models do extensive touch-ups to ensure the models are a perfect size with perfect skin and hair and this perfection has led ordinary women to believe their value is based on who they should be or look like rather than who they are. The pressure to be thin, strong and pretty has hit close to home as I too have compared myself to 30-year-olds who look good in anything they wear. Many confident older women claim their aging skin and graying hair are a badge of honor that they have earned. I am proud of them but honestly the desire to claim that badge escapes me. I admire their confidence and acceptance of who they are as well as their comfort level and peace of the aging process.