Even the healthiest and happiest of individuals can go through trying times. Whether you’re a celebrity, professional athlete, fictional superhero, or simply a common citizen like myself, at one point or another you are going to deal with depression. I tend to relate everything to great athletes who I look up to. That being said, I had to do my research on inspiring athletes who have battled depression, and here’s some of what I found and what we can learn from them.
Perhaps one of my favorite celebrities of all time is the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The Rock used to be known as a flamboyant ass kicking machine during his days with the WWE. Since then, he has become a fan favorite movie actor who continues to inspire the world on a daily basis. However, when he opened up about his personal battle with depression, he left the world in shock:
It was only a few years ago that the great Mexican-American boxer Oscar De La Hoya opened up about his battle with depression. If you are raised by old school parents like I was, you raised to downplay the seriousness of mental illness. I can imagine this was the same for the “tough guy”, who had to described addiction and depression to be worse than any fight he had ever been in.
“This is the biggest fight of my life, I could put all my opponents in one ring and battle all of them, but this monster is going to be the toughest fight of my life.”
There are many more athletes who have had to deal with this beast, whether its Ricky Williams, Sylvester Stallone, or Greg Stiemsma, its a battle that many athletes and celebrities have had to deal with just like each and every one of us at some point in our life.
I can only imagine how Kobe Bryant must have felt after tearing his Achilles, how Michael Jordan felt losing his father, or how Paul Pierce felt after almost being stabbed to death. However, the one thing I do know is that they all came out on top, and so can each and every one of you.
I’m no doctor and for the better part of most of my life I didn’t even think depression or anxiety existed. It wasn’t until it hit me that I understood what it could do to you. The one thing I do know is that, if you can, you need to fight through it and you don’t have to fight alone. Its easier when you don’t. Have a mountain full of impossible tasks? Start one at a time and eventually that mountain will get smaller. Surround yourself with love and friendship, weed out those who don’t give you that. Look for inspiration when you need it. And above all, never give up.
Everyone is going through a battle you know nothing about. Want to talk to me about it or simply share your thoughts? Contact me via twitter: @TPRx11 or email me TPR@Persources.com