I'm sure there's some brainwashing going on. I try not to succumb, but sometimes it's difficult to not have at least some doubts run through my mind. For some reason, it seems it's no longer enough to have healthy teeth and gums, but we all must now have these unnaturally white teeth, too. And it's not just teeth, either. That was just an example that came to my mind.
I do not ponder on these things or my aging body, but it's just those occasional brief thoughts that come to mind, like that little devil that sits on your shoulder whispering to you occassionally, giving you self-doubts. Personally, I think I'm faring pretty well for a 43 year old chicka. Nothing on my doing -- just in the genes, I suppose.
It is always so easy to say things such as "you're as young as you feel" or "it's only a number." But it's not always that. Aging is real and does definitely change your body in ways that you cannot stop. Yes, you can slow things down somtimes, but not always.
I'm just rambling this morning for some reason. I'm not even really making a point. I'll stop.