She’s given the world a number of iconic roles that have truly been inspiring. But the humility with which she lived out her own life’s journey is probably the most inspiring story that Sandra Bullock has given us. While the thought of crossing 50 makes some people shudder, Sandra Bullock embraced herself with the same grace she shows in everything else she does. Unsurprisingly, this elegant actress was named World’s Most Beautiful Woman by People in 2015, as she turned 50.
“I’ve never been a great beauty. I’ve never been the bombshell that was coveted,” she said. “In an odd way, that made growing older a lot easier in this business. I guess I’m doing it on my own terms, and that is my wish for everyone.”
What keeps her feeling young and youthful are the joys of motherhood. “I feel happier, better and younger now than I did 10 years ago,” she said, as reported by The Telegraph. “I looked old, then, and I felt like an old person falling apart. Now I can’t wait to get up in the morning, I can’t wait to have an adventure with my son. I feel like I’m a little mischievous kid because I have this different perspective. Why did I worry about all that other garbage?”
Her life changed completely after she adopted her two children. And while she did enjoy the accolades that came her way after a series of amazing performances on the big screen, the Oscar-winning actress is said to have felt like her life was “nothing” until she experienced the unbound joy of motherhood.
She told ET, “You look back on your life and you go, ‘I’ve had a really good life.’ But once you have children, you go, ‘My life was nothing until you showed up.’ I mean, I was wasting time, literally wasting time, every day until they showed up, and now I know exactly what my life is about because of them. I’m so blessed.”
She’s even had a conversation about age and wrinkles with her son, Louis when he was little. “I was putting him to bed and told him that even when I’m old and gray and more wrinkly than I am now, I’ll still love him and want to tuck him in,” she said, according to USA Today. “And he asked why I have wrinkles, and I said, ‘Well, I hope some of them are from laughing so much.’ And he touched my face and said, ‘You’re not old, you’re just happy.'”
When she was asked about what advice she would give her younger self, she said, “Oh wow, that list is long. But I wish I could go back and tell myself to not worry so much. I wasted so much time with worry. I wish I could get it back.”
She went on to say, “Am I the mother my son deserves? And am I living my authentic life, am I good enough, working hard enough, am I able to keep my son safe? Did I pick up all the dog poop in the yard before the playdate? Worrying used to be very paralyzing for me, and now I can talk myself off the ledge. Louis is the one who snapped me out of it.”
Her outlook on life doesn’t ignore the pain that life sometimes throws at you. “When people are like ‘Life is so good,” she told Entertainment Weekly, as reported by Mirror. “I go, ‘No, life is a series of disastrous moments, painful moments, unexpected moments, and things that will break your heart. And in between those moments, that’s when you savor, savor, savor.”
Even when she was pushed to the ground, she refused to stay there. “I’ve been on the floor and I’ve been heartbroken,” she said. “I didn’t know how I was going to stand up. But I just gave it time. You don’t think it will pass when you’re in the middle of it, but it does. I’m so lucky to have what I have. I have a beautiful child and friends and family I adore.”