May 27, 2020

Dwayne Johnson on Depression and Faith

Dwayne Johnson, known for his brawn and muscle as The Rock, is opening up about his experience with depression. 

Johnson said in a video for Oprah's Life Class that he became depressed after being cut from the Canadian Football League, and passed over by the NFL. At that time he felt alone, and like a failure. 

“When it happens you feel like you're alone, and you feel like It's only you, an you're in your bubble, and I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside at that time and say, 'It's going to be ok,'” Johnson said.

“You have to hold on to that fundamental quality of faith,” he said. “Have faith that on the other side of your pain there's going to be something good.”

That was true for Johnson. He had an opportunity to return to the football team that had cut him, but turned followed his gut in turning down the job, opting instead to persue wrestling. 

“I [felt] like in my heart, I [had] to do this,” he said. “It wound up being one of the greatest chapters in my life.”

 

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