Reese Witherspoon has admitted she began questioning the choices she had made in her life in the months leading up to her 35th birthday last March.
Reese Witherspoon questioned her entire life before she turned 35.
The 'This Means War' actress - who has children Ava, 12, and eight-year-old Deacon with first husband Ryan Phillippe - has stopped worrying since reaching the milestone age last March but admits she was "miserable" in the months leading up to her birthday.
She said:" Once I turned 35 I felt so much better but the anticipation leading up to it was miserable.
"It was less, 'How do I look?' and more, 'What do I want to accomplish in life? Is this the career I love? Is this the legacy I want to leave for my kids?' "
Reese - who married second husband Jim Toth last year - admits her experiences have made her a "better" person but she regrets not making more notes about her feelings and desires.
She explained to Britain's Glamour magazine: "A lot of women who go through different things - like going through a divorce or whatever - talk to me and I always say, 'You're going to get through this. I know that sounds simple, but you really are. You're going to be a different person, but you'll be a better person.'
"You have to look at all sides of everything - really look at your own behaviour. And be clear about the sort of person you want to be. And write it all down. I wish I'd written down more. All these life experiences. The good and the bad - all those feelings."