Gwyneth Paltrow has a very important birthday coming up, and she recently reflected on all the life she’s lived so far.
The actress and businesswoman, who turns 50 on September 27, posted a black-and-white photo of herself on Instagram in a bikini as she happily jumps on lots of grass with her arms raised to the sky.
“Reflections on a milestone,” she captioned the photo that led followers to a heartwarming post she wrote for Goop, titled “Approaching 50.”
In the post, she reflected on everything from remembering when her parents turned 50 to how she feels physically and mentally as she ages.
“My body, a map of everyday evidence, is less timeless,” Paltrow wrote. “A collection of marks and irregularities that mar the chapters. Oven burn scars, a finger broken in a window long ago, the birth of a child. Silver hair and fine lines. The sun has left its heavenly fingerprints on me . , as if I had dipped a brush in dark brown watercolor, dipping it into my skin. And while I do what I can to strive for good health and longevity, to prevent muscle wasting and bone shrinkage, I have a mantra that I insert into those reckless thoughts that try to derail me: I accept, I accept the marks and the loose skin, the wrinkles, I accept my body and let go of the need to be perfect, to look perfect, to defy gravity, to defy logic, to defy humanity. I accept my humanity.”
Paltrow, who shares her two children Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, with ex-husband Chris Martin, has spoken in the past about her experience with aging and body image, telling People in 2021: ” For me, as I go through the aging process and really start it, I realize it’s less about, ‘Oh, I have this wrinkle, am I going to fix it or not?’ and more, ‘Do I feel vibrant?’
She also made headlines in 2018 when she posted videos about experiencing the early stages of menopause. “I can feel the hormonal changes happening,” she said. “Sweating, moods, you’re like all of a sudden, furious for no reason.”
The National Institute on Aging notes that menopause is “a normal part of aging for women.”
“Some women have no problem with menopausal symptoms and may even feel relieved when they no longer need to worry about painful periods or getting pregnant,” she says. “For other women, the menopausal transition can bring hot flashes, trouble sleeping, pain during intercourse, mood swings and irritability, depression, or a combination of these symptoms.”