Let’s face it, we humans are visual creatures and we live within a culture that is obsessed with looks. No matter what our age, our race, our nationality, or what our creed is, we as a people are constantly pressured by the media and by celebrity culture to stay fit and young looking. This constant pressure to stay young makes dealing with the reality of the aging process hard for many people, especially gay men.
As we all know, the gay culture places an extreme importance on looks. For example, some of the most highly sought after bodily features within the gay community are youthful white skin, flat stomachs and six-pack abs. What if, however, you don’t naturally have any of those features? What if, for example, you are Asian, Black or Latino with dark skin, a pudgy stomach and man boobs? Is there any hope for you in finding love? The short answer is yes, of course there is hope for you in finding love! The long answer is that there is indeed hope for you, but in a society that is primarily focused on looks, you will have to make some sacrifices to be able to compete in dating. The most important thing, though, is that you are comfortable and confident in your own skin no matter what other people think of you.
It doesn’t take very much money or energy to properly take care of yourself, to stay fit and to fight against aging. The most important things to keep in mind are to stay hydrated, to stay moisturized, to stay active and to constantly protect yourself against the sun. It is important to note here that the sun is the number one cause of premature aging and skin cancer and it is for this reason that we should be wearing sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or above every day. Keep in mind that with most sunscreens you will need to reapply them after a certain amount of time. You should drink at least half a gallon to a gallon of water every day and you should also use a hydrating moisturizer on your entire body every day, twice a day (morning and night). Don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day (morning and night) and floss at least once a day. It is also important to note that you don’t have to join a gym to stay active. For example, being active can include walking around your neighborhood once a day for thirty minutes or taking a weekly dance class or a Yoga class. How you stay active is up to you!
The reality for all of humanity is that with each passing day we age and we get older and as we age and we get older, it gets harder and harder to stay young and fit. This is why it is so important that we take care of ourselves and our bodies in our youth so that when we get older we won’t have to worry about staying young and fit because we already will be.
By: K. Frank