The Academy Award-winning actress shared the said photo on Thursday, September 22. Alongside the black-and-white snap, which showed her jumping in excitement, she urged her fans to click a link on her bio to her Goop blog where she penned her reflective message titled "Musings on a milestone."
"On September 27, I'll turn 50," she began after looking back at her parents' 50th birthdays. "As I sit here contemplating this idea in the late summer morning, no moisture in the air, breeze moving only the tops of the trees, I strangely have no sense of time passed."
"My body, a map of the evidence of all the days, is less timeless," she added. "A collection of marks and irregularities that dog-ear the chapters. Scarred from oven burns, a finger smashed in a window long ago, the birth of a child. Silver hair and fine lines. The sun has left her celestial fingerprints all over me, as if she soaked a brush in dark-taupe watercolor, flecking it over my skin."
"And while I do what I can to strive for good health and longevity, to stave off weakening muscles and receding bone, I have a mantra I insert into those reckless thoughts that try to derail me: I accept," she continued. "I accept the marks and the loosening skin, the wrinkles. I accept my body and let go of the need to be perfect, look perfect, defy gravity, defy logic, defy humanity. I accept my humanity."
In her post, Gwyneth also reflected on her past. Noting that the next chapter of her life requires "owning my mistakes" and "praying I have learned from them all," she added, "Accomplishments (or things I did), though known and quantifiable, feel part of this linear past, less relevant... My errors, which live in the shadows, slippery and dark, are harder to define."