Did you hear about the study that says shopping for new jeans past the age of 53 just isn’t worth the trouble??? That odds are it will be too difficult to find a pair that will have the right fit past this age?
In a study by British Courier Service, CollectPlus, 2000 people were surveyed about their attitudes about denim and the results found that one in 10 of those surveyed over 50 will spend five days looking to find just one pair of jeans that fits. It also found that the process is so traumatic for 6 percent of those surveyed that they burst into tears.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, CollectPlus Marketing Director Catherine Woolfe said, “It’s surprising to see our research reveals that many people think jeans are the reserve of the younger generation, suggesting that we should all put denim back on the shelf at the age of 53.”
You can read the full story here.
It’s pretty much a silly survey… I know this…
But this brings me to what I really want to talk about today…
Since the day we were born, we have been gathering data about how growing older looks, how growing older feels, what we are supposed to stop doing once we hit a certain age group, what we are supposed to start doing once we hit a certain age group.
These messages have come in from the media, our family members, and our own observations within our community and the world around us.
We read studies such as this one or hear about them on the news or a talk show. We observe older family members as they move through the years and we listen to them as they share with us their version of growing older. We observe the people around us, at the grocery store, on the subway, in our work, and we take in the information we gather about what growing older is to them.
And the thing is… most of the time we are not even consciously aware that we are taking this information in. Most of the time, we are just taking the information in and storing it away with no awareness that we’re adding to a larger database of info that we’ve been building since we were children.
You see… for the most part, our database that holds our beliefs and perspectives, was formed when we were small children, and, since that time, we have just been finding matches to the perspective and beliefs that we already know… adding even more weight to that database, of course.
Without some sort of intervention, we do not tend to create new beliefs and perspectives. We only observe things and find matches to the beliefs and perspectives that we already know… and this includes our beliefs and perspectives about growing older and aging.
Now, I’m not saying that, with growing older, there won’t be changes. Of course there will be. You grew older from the age of five to the age of fifteen and you changed a great deal. And for most of us that was a good thing, right?
What I am saying is that it is possible that much of what you may believe about growing older and aging may not even be real ideas of your own, but, more so, things you have observed from outside influences along the way.
Like this survey, for example.
There are people who would hear about a survey such as this and just laugh it off, knowing that it has no bearing on whether they will be shopping for jeans or continuing to wear jeans.
There are also people who would hear about a survey such as this and, later, when someone suggests they go shopping for new jeans, they would respond with, “It isn’t worth the time and trouble at my age” without even giving it any further thought.
It’s all about beliefs and perspective…
Let me also point out that jeans can be a tricky fit for any age. Even younger people have to try on a lot of pairs of jeans before finding the perfect fit.
So maybe it isn’t so much about age after all. Maybe it’s just about jeans being a challenge to find a good fit. Period.
I’m going to be talking a lot more about some of the common beliefs many have about growing older and aging here on the blog. I’m also going to be sharing some great tips on how to identify your own beliefs and create new ones if you find that yor current set aren’t working out so well for you. I hope you’ll join me.
If you don’t want to wait and are interested in learning more about your belief system right now:
Start with these posts to gain a better understanding of how your mind works as it applies to beliefs:
Next, learn more about your belief system and begin to identify some of your own beliefs with these posts:
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