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Jane Fonda afraid of dying
Jane Fonda. Picture: Getty Images

Veteran actress and fitness guru Jane Fonda is struggling to come to terms with her own mortality.

The 76-year-old admits she has become acutely aware of the clock ticking and the realisation has left her in tears on a number of occasions recently.

"How come my tears are so close to the surface? And I've come to feel it has to do with age," Fonda wrote on her blog, which has since been deleted.

"I have become so wonderfully, terribly aware of time, of how little of it I have left; how much of it is behind me, and everything becomes so precious (sic)," she wrote.

The two-time Oscar winner has, however, still been able to find the positives in getting older.

For Fonda, one big plus to ageing is the ability to fully treasure life.

"With age, I am able to appreciate the beauty in small things more than when I was younger perhaps because I pay attention more," she wrote.

"I feel myself becoming part of everything. I seem to be super sensitive to people's joy and pain. I ache for unwanted children in the world, for polars bears, and elephants, and Monarch butterflies, and dolphins, gorillas and chimpanzees (sic)."

Fonda, who travelled to Australia earlier this year, also recalled how emotional she got at fellow actress Kerry Washington's baby shower held at the weekend.

"I hadn't seen Kerry since she was pregnant and as soon as I saw her with her gorgeous belly I starting crying," Fonda wrote.

"Maybe because I'm older my heart is wider open, like a net that wants to catch all the things that matter (sic)."

Fonda touched on the topic of her mortality while in Australia in January to launch a new initiative for health club Fitness First.

The Barbarella star said she feels more "whole" and isn't fazed by the prospect of death.

"I think it's important that we're aware of our mortality and think about death because you will live differently, you will live in a more present and whole way because you know your time is limited," she said.