Tuesday, October 11, 2022

"Trying to be perfect is a toxic journey." Jane Fonda

 Jane Fonda In 5 Acts is a memoir documentary, streaming on Hulu among other places, that delves into the amazing person she is.

For certain she has not been perfect. The good far outweighs the bad, though, in a life that could have been shallow and selfish, if she so chose.

Karen Salmansohn said:

"Sometimes you just need to talk about something—not to get sympathy or help, but just to kill its power by allowing the truth of things to hit the air."

Jane has done this. On more than one occasion she has spoken truth to kill its power at the expense of people hating her.

In 1972 she travelled to Hanoi, North Vietnam while the US was at war with them. She did not do it because she hated the US. To the contrary - she did it because she loved her country and believed it was capable of recognizing a wrong path and getting off of it.

2 things happened as a result of her trip: 

>Richard Nixon was forced to drop his plan to bomb the dikes in North Vietnam. Bombing them would have killed at least a million civilians - not soldiers or government officials / workers. 

Her courage made that truth hit the air and stopped that course of wrong doing. I respect and admire her for that.

>On the other hand - she made a mistake. She allowed herself to be photographed with North Vietnamese troops on an aircraft gun that would have been used to shoot down American planes.

She explains on the documentary that she was caught up in a moment and did not think about what that would look like to Americans. She regrets doing it and apologizes profusely.

Again truth, this time her truth, hitting air. So many people can not admit mistakes. I admire her for admitting and owning hers and apologizing for it.

She is 80 years old and has lived her life to the fullest. 

She talks about her marriages and how she is now alone and okay with that. 

I can relate.

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