Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

AARP, The Magazine, has a 2-page spread in their June/July issue featuring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda on their What I Know Now page. Here are some excerpts from the article I found particularly worth sharing:

Lily: Everything I’ve experienced has gone into my material.

Jane: I’m not someone who dwells on regrets, but it was a terrible mistake sitting on the anti-aircraft [gun in Vietnam]. It was wrong.

Jane: It never occurred to me in 70 years that kindness was important in a relationship. Fascination, sex appeal, intelligence, yes. Why aren’t we taught that kindness matters?

Jane: I get anxious. I worry that I’m not good enough.

Lily: What did Pablo Casals say? In his 90s, he still gave the same answer when someone asked why he continued to practice cello every day. He said, “I’m beginning to notice some improvement.”

I am always moved when I read about highly successful people expressing the same feelings that I have, making similar choices and humbly admitting their errors and their fears. I consider it a gift. I’ve been told by more than a few colleagues, “Don’t show them your weaknesses.” But more and more, I believe it’s a gift to share what’s true for me so that someone else can feel less alone as I did after reading this interview.

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