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You don’t have to be into wrestling (or even action movies) to find inspiration from Dwayne Johnson and his story. He’s been quite candid about his past struggle with depression and talking about it publicly helps millions who look up to him but may feel too ashamed to get help for their hurt. I’m grateful he’s been open about his past pain, so others see how common depression is.
In this segment from Oprah’s Master Class, Dwayne briefly touches on his history of depression. But, in just the first minute of this video, he teaches us two crucial lessons.
Dwayne is right, you feel alone, and you feel like you’re the only one that hurts this much, and that nobody could every endure what you are fighting. You feel isolated in your despair.
I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, ‘Hey it’s going to be okay.’
Let the video below be a reminder that you aren’t alone. Depression can happen to anybody, so you’re not the only person on the planet with this pain. Millions of us survive our depression and so can you.
Things don’t suck forever. I’m proof that you can get through this so keep going. It may feel awful right now. Your pain may be unimaginable but keep going. Keep moving forward, because it does get better. The pain doesn’t last forever.
On the other side of your pain is something good.
Every time I hit a spot where the pain seems too much to survive, I remember those long runs where I’d hit a similar wall. I felt like one more step would kill me, but I kept going and looking back it was never as bad as I thought it was at that moment.
Hold onto faith that this is not the end. Things will improve and one day you will look back proud of what you survived and that you didn’t give up. I know I have that feeling often, and it propels me through the next depressing obstacle.
Enjoy this quick clip and find some inspiration from another depression survivor who kept moving forward.