(Other versions: You haven't changed at all! and You still look the same!)
How many times did I hear this
What does the phrase really mean? Does it mean that, even though you're older, you're still attractive? Or maybe it just means that you still... uh... have the same look?
If it's been several years since I've seen someone, I don't say that phrase. First of all, I'm not good at recognizing people who I don't see often. Very much a "live in the present" person, it's a wonder that I, at least, know you're someone I've known, even though I can't exactly pin you down. And if I do recognize you, I see that - you've changed.
Remember that adage, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all." So if after 30 or 40 years, I can't say, "Oh, you're still so cute... or handsome... or fashionable" etc, then I stick with, "It's good to see you again!" which is better than saying nothing at all.
At Darling Husband's class reunion, after the third time hearing "the lie," I thought, "I hope he's (random person) changed, because if he looked like that as a senior in high school... well... hmmm..."
I don't know anyone - let's say over 40 - who looks the same as when 18, 21, or even 25 years old.
People age. For that matter, everything ages... I think. (Any scientists out there?)
Hair gets thin. Hair loss occurs. Hair color changes. Skin wrinkles. Skin sags. Skin spots. Skin cracks. Chins disappear. Backs bend. Heights lessen. Teeth shift. Hair grows in new places. Waists thicken. Bellies protrude. Hips spread. Cellulite gives you dimples. Under eye dark circles or bags increase. Crow's feet widen. Eyelids droop. Other body parts droop. Bat wings jiggle. Muscles atrophy. Fat accumulates. "And so forth and so on," as people in the south say... old people, that is.
So maybe you're lucky and most of these things don't happen to you.
You still don't look the same! Get over it! It's okay! You're breathing!
...however, keep that plastic surgeon's number handy.
Who's that girl?
How are you handling the exterior effects of aging? ...unless of course, you look the same as you did in high school.
(What's going on inside the body is a whole 'nother blog post.)