Sharon Stone talks about Sharon Stone in a Hollywood Reporter article I read last night online.
I was especially interested in what she says about being 56 years old.
Here are some excerpts:
“I actually find aging a benefit. I don’t choose to make growing older a negative. I choose to get older. Growing older is my goal.
“That’s because in 2001, I had a massive brain hemorrhage. So I know what the alternative to growing older is. I bled in my brain for nine days. I spent two years learning to walk and talk again. I came home from that stroke stuttering, couldn’t read for two years. I was in an ICU for nine days and the survival rate for what I went through is very low. I don’t need someone to make me feel bad about growing older. I’ll tell you what makes you feel bad: when you think you might not. So I feel really good about talking and having my full vocabulary. It’s been a humbling journey: I was on Law & Order (which is not what I’d hoped for; you get sent all the way to the back of the line to guest star on Law & Order) and I had a hard time with my lines. I can talk about it now because I’m OK now.
“And how am I OK now? I work for it. I work at everything. To me, discipline is a kind of freedom. I belong to 24 Hour Fitness and go four or five times a week. It forces me out. Celebrity can be so introverting. I’m inspired by watching what other people are doing there. I eat clean, I always have. I’m off gluten. People don’t want to see a fat Sharon Stone, do they? I know my brand!
“The key to looking good as you get older is, it all comes from the inside. You have to do what you like to do. If you hate to go to the gym, don’t put yourself on a gym regimen. Do what you like to do, but do it every day. I love to dance, and I dance hard. When I started thinking about aging, I thought, “Who do I want to look like as I age?” And the answer was dancers.
“I don’t think I did a movie for two entire administrations! When I felt shut down, I got to start looking at other things. It opened up opportunities for me to work with amfAR and A Better LA, which works to end gang violence. I’ve done lectures with Desmond Tutu and spoken to the prime minister of Israel on the phone. And I created that. No one will do that for you. So why not just be alive and free in the truth of what you are?”
Questions worth asking oneself (thanks Sharon Stone)
I found some stimulating points to ponder from this article. I’m a few years older than Sharon Stone but what she says could pertain to many of us.
1. I may not be as good at some things as I was in my 20s or 30s. But I’m still breathing, talking and walking and perhaps that’s good enough. I don’t need to expect the same things from myself now that I did back then.
2. Looking at growing older as a goal is a great idea! There’s so much pushback about aging but heck, as Sharon Stone points out, the alternative is not desirable. There’s so much I want to do, read, and experience. Having more years ahead is a great goal.
3. Sharon Stone’s brand involves being fit. I get that. It made me wonder what my brand is. I’ve decided my Brenda Kinsel “brand” is to have fun with fashion and style and show others how they can do that too. It was my brand thirty years ago and it remains my brand today. It’s probably more important now than ever with all the media focus on celebrity and youth. Just because we’re older, we’re not deaf and dumb to style.
4. Sharon says we need to do what we love doing and to do that every day. Writing every morning is my meditation. I do that every day. I feel inspired to think about other things that bring me joy and doing them daily. Do some things come to your mind?
What’s your wisdom about getting older?
Want to read the whole article? Here it is.