The Morning Show actor took to social media today with a lovely video montage to celebrate a big birthday milestone.
She simply commented with the word, ‘Grateful,’ and copied out a poem by Stanley Kuntiz called The Layers.
The poem reflects on the passage of time, and how it changes us. It also talks of a ‘scattering tribe’ and the ‘manic dust’ of friends.
It reads: ‘How shall the heart be reconciled / to its feast of losses? / In a rising wind / the manic dust of my friends / those who fell along the way / bitterly stings my face.’
It then talks about carrying on and going ‘wherever I need to go’ and ends with: ‘I am not done with my changes.’
In the selection of clips, one shows Jennifer as Rachel Green in Friends episode, The One Where They All Turn Thirty, which aired in 2001.
The Friends actor lost a lifelong friend when co-star Matthew Perry died last year aged 54, so this will surely be an emotional milestone for her.
A spoken word poem by eviewhy called ‘the thing about birthdays’ also overlaid the footage, talking about how although we age, we are still the years that came before.
On birthdays, it says, we expect to feel our new age, but we don’t. It’s because we are still 19 when we say something silly, 29 other days and when we crumble and cry, we are just a baby again.
‘The way we grow older is like an onion, each year inside the next one, and our birthdays are just a celebration of the years which came before and a welcoming of the next,’ it concludes.
The other clips show Jennifer posing in photoshoots, sipping on tea, smiling at the camera in a series of small moments, and in various pictures over the years from childhood to now.
On the morning of Perry’s death, Jennifer – who starred opposite Perry, aka Chandler Bing in the US sitcom – had texted him.
She later revealed he was ‘happy and healthy’ before his death in October.
‘He was happy — that’s all I know. I was literally texting with him that morning, funny Matty. He was not in pain. He wasn’t struggling. He was happy,’ she said.
‘…I want people to know he was really healthy, and getting healthy. He was on a pursuit. He worked so hard. He really was dealt a tough one.’
Perry had opened up throughout his life in the spotlight about his struggle with addiction, hoping that in doing so he could help others.
He once said: ‘When I die, I don’t want Friends to be the first thing that’s mentioned – I want helping others to be the first thing that’s mentioned. And I’m going to live the rest of my life proving that.
‘Addiction is far too powerful for anyone to defeat alone. But together, one day at a time, we can beat it down.’
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