She may be turning the big 5-0 in February, but Jennifer Aniston isn’t ruling out kids just yet. “Who knows what the future holds in terms of a child and a partnership — how that child comes in… or doesn’t,” the Dumplin’ star recently dished to Elle about the possibility of still becoming a mom ahead of her milestone birthday.

Jen admitted that while she is uncertain about getting pregnant, it’s not impossible for her. “Now with science and miracles, we can do things at different times than we used to be able to,” she said. Though she toys with the idea of being a mama herself, the 49-year-old confessed that the thought of getting pregnant always felt “kind of frightening.” She continued, “Some people are just built to be wives and have babies. I don’t know how naturally that comes to me.”

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Perhaps her motherly instinct comes more natural than she thinks. The Friends actress revealed that after her parents divorced when she was young, Jen and her friends were vital to each other growing up. “We always joke that we raised each other, we mothered each other,” Jen gushed, “we sistered each other, we’ve been kids to each other.”

The blonde beauty also revealed that she never “sat around and dreamed about a wedding” when she was a kid. “My priorities weren’t about finding partnership and who am I gonna marry and what am I gonna wear on my wedding day,” the actress admitted. “I’m sure, because I was from a divorced-parent home, that was another reason I wasn’t like, ‘Well, that looks like a great institution.'”

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But even though her own marriages didn’t work out, Jen still gives the relationships credit. “I don’t feel a void. I really don’t,” she admitted. “My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion. And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore. Sure, there were bumps, and not every moment felt fantastic, obviously, but at the end of it, this is our one life and I would not stay in a situation out of fear. Fear of being alone. Fear of not being able to survive.”

Perhaps we can all take some relationship advice from Jen. “To stay in a marriage based on fear feels like you’re doing your one life a disservice. When the work has been put in and it doesn’t seem that there’s an option of it working, that’s okay,” Jen insisted. “That’s not a failure.” We suppose it’s true when they say the older you get, the wiser you become!