She won’t focus on the bad things that have happened in her life and she wants her two kids to do the same.
After going through a heart-wrenching divorce from Ryan Phillippe — the father of her two children — and a couple of equally upsetting breakups, Reese Witherspoon is learning to forget about the past and is focusing on the future instead. She feels like it’s the best example she can set for her kids Ava, 11, and Deacon, 7. We think she has the right idea!
“My favorite quote is from Martha Stewart: ‘I have a short memory for painful things.’ And I do,” Reese, 34, says to Entertainment Weekly. “I have one of those incredible memories where I just erase painful things. Maybe that’s really unhealthy, and I probably need to see a therapist. But I don’t dwell. You just keep going forward.” Reese continues, “Also, I have kids. What are you going to do? Are you going to teach them to be one of those people who keep looking in the rear view mirror, or are you going to teach them to be one of those people who go, ‘Tomorrow’s another day’?”” Doesn’t she sound like an amazing mother? It definitely seems like she has her head on her shoulders and is teaching her kids how to be strong individuals!
The How Do You Know star has not forgotten about her past struggles, but is determined not to let them affect how she lives her life. “It definitely sometimes feels like a suit that I wish I could zip off,” she explains. “But I don’t feel bad about any of the things I’ve gone through, whether it’s divorce or breakups or anything like that, because that’s all part of the life journey, and I have those experiences just like anyone else. And I think it deepens what you tap into creatively.”
We are proud of Reese for looking forward and focusing on her future, which might soon involve an engagement to her beau, Jim Toth! “My mom always texts me, like, ‘Are you getting married?'” Reese laughs. “I’m like, Mom, come on! You would know if I was getting married.”