Comedian and SNL star Leslie Jones is no stranger to the limelight when speaking the truth, especially to the masses on social media—and at the gym is no exception. Recently, fans have been praising Jones for a recent Instagram post of her at the gym, where she bemoaned about her struggles with finding love and battling a sense of helplessness and loneliness.
She shared, "Ok back to cardio. But confession I feel like I’m doing it for nothing. I know it not I’m healthy and look good, but I really feel like “what’s it all for” if the people you want to notice don’t. I just feel like I might die alone. Sorry that’s pretty heavy today!"
Jones was quick to reassure that her moment of vulnerability is part of the journey of being human – and that she's working out for herself, first and foremost. Even so, Jones' musings reminds us of the importance of self-love, balance, and taking stock of how we feel – especially in moments when we're striving to do and be more.
Here’s how Jones keeps it real while prioritizing her well-being at the root of it all:
She's not afraid to admit when she's feeling down.
In a recent Instagram post that went viral, Jones shared, "Confession: I feel like I’m doing it for nothing. I know I’m healthy and look good, but I really feel like 'what’s it all for?' if the people you want to notice don’t. I just feel like I might die alone. Sorry that’s pretty heavy today." An even more heroic move? She shows up for herself, even when the overwhelming feelings of sadness lurk.
She embraces life for what it is.
With the cards stacked against older women, particularly in Hollywood, Leslie understands that self-acceptance is the key to real fulfillment. "I’m also 50 years old and know that life is life! And some days we are low!"
She knows vulnerability doesn't equate to weakness.
Being open and vulnerable with oneself is a trait Jones puts into practice. "I want everyone to know I post my real feelings cause I am a real person! And I know I’m not alone. I know I’m loved by God! It’s important to respect your feelings as long as you don’t live there!"
She practices positive thinking—even on leg day.
"Gonna try to keep my head up but for real today is sucking big time!" Jones captioned a video of her doing sidesteps with a resistance band. Even when it burns, Jones knows the end game is the sweet victory of challenging herself and feeling strong.
Want to incorporate more positive thinking into your wellness routine? Here’s a study that explains the connection between thoughts and exercise.