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Jennifer Lopez Gives Her Younger Self Advice on Turning 50-Years-Old

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By Zachary Holt

'Jenny from the Block' has also been around the 'Block'. The singer and actress has been a part of films, shows, and music for decades. Naturally, though, her perspective on her success and where she thought she'd be at this point in her life has changed over the years. Recently, Lopez had a chance to speak with ELLE Magazine about her latest project, designing a new shoe line called DSW. JLo also spoke about aging and turned 50, and specifically, what she would have told her 20-year-old self that she knows today.

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"I’ll tell you what I wish I’d known about being 50 when I was younger: It’s not over. When I was in my 20s, I don’t know what I thought about being 50 except that it was basically just the end," Lopez explained to ELLE from the comfort of her home in Los Angeles. The singer went on to reveal that she didn't think she'd have anywhere close to the success she's had in life at the age of 20.

"I didn’t think I’d be in the best shape of my life. I didn’t think I’d be able to say that in a way, my career is taking off, even though I’ve been going for a long time, you know," she said to ELLE.

The Singer Is Using Her Experience in the Industry to Her Advantage

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Now that Lopez has been in the entertainment industry for so long, she's using that experience to help her along the way. "I have so much experience now. I have the knowledge that, if I use it, is a huge advantage," she explained.

This experience goes way beyond simply knowing how to act and perform, though. It's also knowing that despite aging and being in her 50s, there's still room to grow and develop a lucrative career during the later life stages. "The narrative women are told is that you’re kind of put out to pasture at a certain age. And what I’ve found is that it’s the total opposite," she continued.

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"If you keep working hard and pushing yourself, you can be better as a person physically, mentally, emotionally. Stop asking, 'Will I look like that?' and just ask, 'What do I want to do next?' Because you can make it happen, you know? And nobody ever told me that," the DSW designer said.

And Lopez is certainly working hard and showing no signs of showing down. At the moment, she and her family are currently 'self-quarantining' amid the coronavirus outbreak, but that's not keeping her from being productive and getting work done.

The DSW Founder Is Working Hard at Home Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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After revealing to ELLE that she's been 'working from home', Lopez was asked to elaborate on what that meant for her. "There’s so much to do, right?" Lopez said jokingly.

"This situation, if we’re lucky enough to be healthy—and if you are, be grateful—but if you’re healthy and home, it’s a real reset button for so many of us. To be honest, for me, working from home is reading scripts, developing new projects, even working out and learning new dance routines."

"Because now, you can use the time to prepare. At some point, hopefully soon, we’re going to bounce back. We always bounce back. And so we need to use this time to get ready to come back even better... Nobody wanted this to happen, but if it has to be this way, you can take advantage of the time and work to get better. But do that work from home," she concluded in her interview.

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