Award winning actress, Taraji P. Henson, is the October cover star for Redbook Magazine. In the issue, the Around the Way Girl author discuss single parenting, finding true love and her flawless ability to looking ageless.
A powerful piece that stuck out in Redbook’s feature story of Taraj, is when they used a quote from her memoir/book saying –
God didn’t give me anything more than he gave anyone else. We’re all born with a deck of cards and no instructions on how to play them. All God gave us was choice. You can choose to wake up sad or to wake up happy. I chose not to live in fear and to make the best of my life. You can’t put your happiness into anybody’s hands but your own.
I don’t know about you guys, but that statement spoke to me on so many levels. Words have power, which clearly proves, Taraji did her work. She pursued, she fought, she struggled, she gained, she achieved…SHE WON! It’s not impossible to do what you love, you just have to be willing to do the work.
Check out some excerpts from the interview:
Her views on being a single mother and the pressure associated with it. Taraji is the mother of 22-year-old, Marcell, who she raised as a single mom.
“It depends on what women equate success with. I think we try to do our best. And yes, we can do it all, but I wouldn’t wish being a single parent on my worst enemy. It is not easy.”
Taraji explains why she is not afraid of aging (she’s 46) and what keeps her motivated to looking and aging flawlessly:
“I grew up watching women in my family embrace getting older and I think that’s healthy. You ought to see my grandmother: She is 92, looks great, still travels, and dates a younger man. I’m 46 and I’m proud. Men don’t lie about their age, so why should women?”
Her take on being involved in a romantic relationship:
“If I was going to get married, it had to be for love, because I wanted [my son] Marcell to see that real kind of love — the kind I yearn for. That old couple crooked and bent over but still holding hands. I know that kind of love exists and I’m not going to stop until I have that.”
Read the full article here.
To get the full story and interview, pickup your copy on newsstands September 13.
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[Images retrieved from Redbook’s website]