At a conference in Boston hosted by Hubspot over the weekend, Reese Witherspoon, 47, took the stage to talk about friendship—mainly, the importance of cultivating an inner circle as we age (gracefully).
When prompted by a question about how she fits friendship into her busy life, she explained that it’s simple. “Editing. Edit your friendships,” Witherspoon replied.
She went on, “Everybody out there over 40 knows. If you aren’t adding to my life, get the heck outta my life. My grandma used to say people are radiators or drains. Stick with the radiators.”
Credit to Witherspoon, who I already adore for many reasons—her movies, her clothing line, her general joie de vivre based on Instagram—but as a 41-year-old Brooklyn-based working mama with a plethora of hobbies to boot, this sage friendship wisdom unlocked something inside of me. It sounds silly, but it made me feel free.