Anoop Judge | Author · Writing Instructor · Former T.V. Host​

Self Love

She peers down with squinty eyes at her weighing scale. She adjusts her pre-breakfast body—she tilts her love handles to the left, then to the right, so that the weight displayed in numbers that appears on the electronic screen will put her in a good mood. The magical number that will let her cook, clean, and teach math to her kindergarten class while floating on a fluffy, white cloud all day.

She grimaces and steps down, arms crossed across her chest, shoulders hunched. Four pounds above her normal weight since the holiday season ended. She groans as she thinks of all the celebrations still to come. Valentine’s Day, Holi, St. Patrick’s Day, Baisakhi, school graduations. At this rate, she won’t be able to fit into her size eight dresses this season or the next.

The Real Truth About Aging . . .

“Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.” –Groucho Marx

The real truth about aging is wrinkles on the forehead where once the terrain was smooth; unsightly age spots on a hitherto unblemished complexion; a spidery web of veins on formerly flawless skin.

The real truth about aging is that if one is so inclined, it is important, nay, mandatory, to have your dermatologist on speed dial.  Next to the handy dandy number that indicates your plastic surgeon\’s twenty-four-hour phone line.

The real truth about aging is the self-knowledge that you can get married; get divorced; have kids; survive their terrible two\’s and their terrible teens; watch a parent die, and still find yourself perched on the edge of a whole new and different adventure.

The real truth about aging is the confidence that no matter what curve ball life throws you, you can smash it out of the park.  Because you\’ve looked death in the face; you\’ve teetered on the brink and, yet you\’ve lived to tell the story.  And nothing but the whole story.

Anoop Judge is a blogger and an author, who’s lived in the San Francisco-Bay Area for the past 27 years. As an Indian-American writer, her goal is to discuss the diaspora of Indian people in the context of twenty-first century America.