1. Your insecurities have fueled a multibillion-dollar business.
Perhaps the grandparents of yesteryear wiled away their retirements in the proverbial rocking chair, sparing nary a thought for their wrinkles or gray hair. But even if that idyllic portrait is true to life, our obsession with youth isn’t anything new. “As a nation, we have never embraced aging,” says Denise Lewis, a gerontologist at the University of Georgia.