Jan 2018 – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Opens Up About His Battle With Depression
“Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good.”
Raising awareness about mental health continues within the media. Every week there will be program on Radio 5 live, or one of the main TV news programmes. The celebrities continue to open up about their own struggles and use their platform to further generate awareness.
One of which is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who most of us would assume had it all.
Dwayne recently shared some inspiring words to encourage others battling with depression.
“I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone,” Johnson said on the “Oprah’s Master Class” series. “You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it … I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK.’”
“Hold on to that fundamental quality of faith,” the 43-year-old movie star said. “Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good.”
Johnson struggled with depression in his early 20s as his football career began to flounder.
After graduating from the University of Miami, where he played for the football team, Johnson was passed over by the NFL. He was cut from the Calgary Stampeders, a Canadian Football League team, after just two months on the practice roster.
Then 23 and living with his parents in a small apartment, Johnson said he hit a real low point.
“You just feel like you’re alone. You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble.”
It was only after deciding to quit football for good that Johnson said he began building a new life for himself as a professional wrestler.
With the help of his dad, a pro wrestler himself, Johnson would go on to become the WWE superstar known as “The Rock.”
“It wound up being one of the greatest chapters in my life,” he said.
There is a sense of persevering through the trials life will inevitably through at us. It is very easy to view our lives through the situation we find ourselves in. Often this will be temporary and we will need to seek the right support.
With people like Dwayne, who are viewed as strong capable people, sharing their own battles with depression can give validation and permission to those who suffer silently.