Drink makes you feel young;
Alas, it makes you look old.
Oh, cruel paradox!
No, I still haven't recovered from the goddamned birthday last weekend. I haven't in fact reached any 'significant' round-number landmark (a few people speculated that I was turning 50, or even 55 - cheeky buggers!). It's just that I am, for the first time in my life, really starting to feel my age - and I DO NOT LIKE IT.
This, no doubt, is where the phenomenon of The Mid-Life Crisis comes from: a desperate urge to recover the illusion of youth, when youth itself is far beyond recovery.
I hope I don't fall into that pattern; it's always seemed rather sad and foolish to me.
Then again, there are those who say I've been having a mid-life crisis for my whole life....