Gwyneth Paltrow on mistakes, acceptance for 50th birthday

Gwyneth Paltrow on mistakes, acceptance for 50th birthday


Gwyneth Paltrow is giving an unfiltered take on her first half-century, including a nod to some of the most painful points.

The Oscar winner took to her Goop blog to commemorate her 50th birthday next week and let the world know that she does “accept my humanity” as she enters this new phase.

“My most lasting mistakes and the mess that comes with them have all stemmed from me not standing fully in my truth and speaking from it, come what may. Saying the words that could have spared seasons of heartache and repercussions,” said the “Iron Man” and “Shakespeare in Love” star. “This does not feel right to me. Your expectations are not appropriate.”

Paltrow said her mantra these days is, “I accept,” which extends to her physical form — “the marks and the loosening skin, the wrinkles,” her body and letting go “of the need to be perfect, look perfect, defy gravity, defy logic, defy humanity” — as well as her inner self.

“I’m not sure I believe in going back in time to correct mistakes,” said Paltrow. “They have led me to a path of questioning. Of seeking a better version of myself. People often ask, ‘If you could go back to your 21-year-old self and give her some advice…’ Well, I would know my boundary and hold on to it more tightly than my life itself. And yet, perhaps the more important question is what will I do going forward.”

In the coming years, Paltrow said she aims “to slow down,” “to make my circle smaller,” “to see misunderstandings become understandings.

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“I would like to fully acknowledge myself. I am imperfect, I can shut down and turn to ice, I have no patience, I swear at others, I don’t close my closet doors, I lie when I don’t want to hurt feelings. I am also generous and funny. I am smart and brave. … I am all of it,” she continued, noting she also hopes to “hold myself to a higher standard of compassion.”

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