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Exercise #210 - Mid-Life Crisis

By use of specific detail, show that your character is experiencing a mid-life crisis. 

1, 2, 3, GO!

Claire checked her eyes in the mirror, frowning at the network of lines spreading at the outside corner of each eye. She didn't even want to look at her mouth. Over the last ten years, it had lost all of its fullness; it might as well have been 2 slivers of bacon slapped across her face.

She sighed. At least her consult was today. That way, she'd be well on her way to regaining some of her long lost youth. The physician had stated that if would take minimal work and very little downtime to get her looking like she was in her early 30's again, but she was planning on taking a least a month off from work. It would give her a chance to focus on herself instead of working herself ragged at work. It's stress that caused those lines in the first place, and she'd be damned if she was going to get them back after spending 1000s of dollars to get rid of them.

Ever since she had turned 50, Claire had been desperate to get healthy, to be happy, to look like those joyful 50-something women on the covers of magazines like MORE. Not only that, but she had grown increasingly aware of her husband's wandering eyes. Not that she thought he was cheating on her or anything... but she wouldn't blame him if he had thought about it.

All of her mounting insecurities had made her less than easy to deal with on a daily basis; she knew that. And he had been handling it like a champion. She was so grateful that her husband was patient and still treated her like the princess that she had once been, but she was so scared that he would move on, leaving her in the dust in exchange for a newer, more up-to-date model. That's why she had made such fervent attempts to stay abreast of all fashion trends. Sure, she felt a little foolish wearing some of her newly purchased clothing, but she got attention. Her husband seemed to notice her a bit more as well.

... 5 minutes up.

What did you come up with? Who was going through a mid-life crisis in your writing exercise?



E. M. Prokop said…
Haha! Sounds like most 50+ woman I know, myself included. Why do we spend so much time worrying that we don't look like we did when we were 30?...I think that big time self acceptance and self confidence is the real beauty secret.
Oh, and awesome 5 minute exercise!

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