Jane Fonda, 80s fitness icon, fashion model, actress, and political activist appeared on Oprah recently. And I just have to tell you how much I love this woman. She is timeless. Wise. Authentic. Simply lovely.
I recommend the entire interview, but unless you want to have a jammie party and watch it on my DVR you’re probably out of luck. So let me share with you a few highlights.
1. Jane says:
“Trying to be perfect is a toxic desire. I realized later in life the challenge is not to be perfect, it’s to be whole. And I think it takes a little work to be whole. You have to live an examined life.”
This can be a hard lesson to learn – that being whole is enough. If you’re still hanging onto perfection, ask yourself why.
2. Jane talks about the 2nd and 3rd acts of life. The 2nd Act (ages 30 to 59) is about ‘Building and Creating’ while the 3rd Act (ages 60+) is about ‘Becoming Whole’. She says:
“It’s hard for people in this culture, women in particular, to really become embodied, to own themselves, to know who they are, and to feel whole. It takes time, not to be impatient when you’re younger and in your second act. The 2nd act is the hardest of them all.”
I, for one, don’t want to wait for my 3rd act! But I suppose that’s exactly what she means… [blushing].
3. Oprah’s response to Jane, and my hope for anyone reading this:
“Wouldn’t it be amazing if everybody who’s hearing you right now, really heard you. And was able to make the shift to not have your life be about being successful or getting ahead… what if our entire culture rested on “How will I become more whole?” Wouldn’t this be a different world.”
To me, wellbeing is synonymous with wholeness. Both are a process, not a destination. Jane’s interview spoke to me as something valuable to share with you as you forge ahead on your journey to wellbeing and wholeness. No matter what ‘act’ you’re in.
Share your stories about your journey to wholeness!
(P.S. She’s still got it. Jane recently released a new fitness video series for Boomers – Primetime – and also re-released her 80s classics. What a hottie. She also shared her Top 3 Health Tips for Women of All Ages: 1) Stay active. 2) Stop smoking. 3) Eat fresh and healthy foods. It certainly works for her!)