“Life is a journey, not the destination…
I believe that it is more joyful to embrace and be in the journey than to assume you’ll ever ‘arrive’.”
Great words from the wonderful actress Jane Fonda. Whether a fan or not, Jane’s book My Life So Far is a cascading story of how she made it as an actress, life with her fascinating husbands, studies of the interesting people she met along the way (Simone de Beauvoir!) and, more importantly, she shares what it is to be a woman on a journey to herself, an ongoing journey in one’s life, no matter what your title or ambition or career choice may be.
This is especially interesting. She sees a woman as having different ages, or stages in life I’d say, in which “Cycles of Change” occur, where a woman finds random experiences and learns to grow from them. She coincides this cycle to the acts of a play or movie script with which the climax and ending are only the beginning of finding your true self. Keep in mind, she wrote this book after she turned 60 years old.
ACT 1: Gathering ages 1 – 30
ACT 2: Seeking ages 30 – 60
ACT 3: Beginning age 60 – and beyond
” ……a girl can lose touch with herself, her body, and have to struggle – hard- to get herself, her voice, back. Also, I believe that change can be a good thing, if you are fully in each phase and if the changes represent growth.”
“Denial can be a pathology or a survival mechanism–sometimes both.”
“I had just entered my second act, and as far as I could tell, my life had peaked and was on the decline….Okay, so I was wrong. My life didn’t peak, nor was it on a decline.”
The alchemy of a changing life is the only truth.”