Is Botox to a 40-year-old, What a Bikini Wax Is to a 25-year-old?

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Is Botox to a 40-year-old, What a Bikini Wax Is to a 25-year-old?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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here is no right or wrong side of 40.

A few years ago, my feisty former boss had assured me that once I hit that age, I’d get into cruise mode. At that time, she was trying to dissuade me from getting a tattoo, streaking my hair red, piercing my nose to mark, what I believed, was my seminal year. I am not sure about that cruise mode, but I still do not have any of the things I had promised myself as my rites of passage.

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