Jane Fonda: ‘You could not pay me to be young again!’
-Dec 17, Hannah Hargrave, Living -
Jane Fonda is ringing in her 81st birthday this week and she’s got no interest in turning back the hands of time, because she says getting older is amazing!
It’s hard to believe the legendary actress and activist is celebrating another birthday milestone in her 80s. She not only looks sensational for her age, but she continues to make huge strides in her career.
At 81-years-old she’s got her own TV show ‘Grace and Frankie’, is still making Hollywood blockbusters, making waves as an political activist and she’s even launched her own range of activewear.
So how does she maintain such an inspiring outlook on life?
‘There’s plenty more to be thankful for’
“For me, there’s way more positives than negatives about being smack dab in the midst of oldness,” she admits.
She knows this because she even made a list of the pros and cons of being a woman in her 80s. While she will concede that she can’t run or ski and that handwriting thank you letters is tricky, she says there’s plenty more to be thankful for.
Included in the list she shared with her blog was the fact she no longer gets groped or harassed, she can justify mistakes by falling back on being old, she’s more tolerant, people open bottles for her and they let her go first too.
‘Getting in and out of a car is a challenge’
What Jane is probably most happy for is that she has her health. But she’s the first to admit that while she might not look her age, she’s sometimes feels it.
“I have a fake hip, a fake knee and I’ve had a number of back surgeries, so I’m sort of half-metal and half-bionic now. I have osteoarthritis and getting in and out of a car is a challenge,” reveals. “But I feel lucky that I did a lot of fitness work earlier in my life because it means I’m stronger now.”
‘You could not pay me to be young again’
Despite some of the downfalls of getting older Jane says she doesn’t spend her latter years pining after her youth.
“You could not pay me to be young again. I don’t care how much money I was offered, I wouldn’t do it.”
‘I’m not old, I’m perennial’
Jane says it wasn’t until she returned to the spotlight in her 60s after a 16-year hiatus that she actually discovered herself.
“After I turned 60, I began to understand who I was, and I became young again.”
And so as she continues to age so gracefully and with so much vigor she wants people to turn getting older on it’s head.
“A more appropriate metaphor for aging is a staircase,” explains Jane. “The upward accession of the human spirit, bringing us into wisdom, wholeness and authenticity. Age not at all as pathology but age as potential.”