I am turning 33 in a month, and I have never, ever, ever felt sexier. Or hotter. Or more desirable. I feel like I am the Indian version of Scarlett Johansson. Really. Don’t laugh now. It’s true. I have never felt this confident in my skin before, love handles (in my case, a love fanny pack) and all. I just think it all adds character to my already sparkling personality and gorgeous demeanor.
Yes, I am so not modest here. Let me tell you how I arrived at this great epiphany. I recently went to watch the Ed Sheeran concert in Mumbai. Thousands of 20 year olds landed up in crop tops and short shorts, regardless of how their bodies were shaped. It was all about fitting in. And I felt sad at the concept of young girls wanting to fit in. I felt sad too that they all looked the same.
I tried to remember the time I was 20. Did I want to fit in? Yes, maybe. I was the cute but never desirable girl next door, with upper lip hair and a funny fringe till I passed out from school. And I wanted to be like all those hot girls at school, who the boys thought of more than a buddy.
But then I turned 30. And I realized that now nobody would judge me anymore, because I had already hit that dreaded 30, after which women became aunties! It was liberating, to say the least. Because now I could be who I wanted to be, and they would just be like, that’s because she’s old ya! She’s 30!
If the twenties were cruel, the 30s were proving to be therapeutic. I didn’t need to fit in any more -- Whether it was how I did my hair, or the clothes I wore, or the lip colour I put, or the way I carry my “curvy” body around.
Being 30 and smarter, and happier about my life and my career, and knowing that there is more in the world than just what you look like, has actually made me much more attractive. Really! The men are crawling out of the woodwork.
So embrace your 30s because you don’t have the pressure of fitting in or being “somebody” anymore. Be you. Be sexy. And flaunt it. It’s all about how you own yourself. It’s time to get hot this summer. Ciao.
Aastha Atray Banan's blog, 'Tees Tease' is about how to stop getting scared of the big Three O. After all, life after 30 is still, IF NOT MORE, fun!
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From HT Brunch, March 18
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