“Stop pretending and start being yourself…”
Jim Carrey’s speech about depression left absolutely everyone speechless. The 55-year-old actor told the Elephant Journal how he had suffered from depression for a long time. He knows firsthand what real depression is and how painful it is to overcome.
The actor reached his fame in the 1990s, however, no one could imagine what difficulties were awaiting him. Carrey’s father was an accountant. When the boy was 12 years old, his father lost his job. At the age of 16, Jim dropped out of school to help his family survive. He got in a severe depression at 20 and had a hard time overcoming it.
“Despair is essential to learn and create something new.”
“Currently, I don’t have depression. Depression doesn’t exist for me. Now that it’s raining, I’m no longer afraid of drowning. It’s just rain and it’ll stop soon”.
“It’s all about being important, having a high position, and meaning a lot. There are three reasons why our desire for exclusivity causes nothing but pain and suffering.”
First of all, it creates a gap between you and other people, who actually appreciate and accept your unique character.
Second, you are convinced, that consequences will never change, and it confuses you.
Finally, searching for yourself forever makes you feel as if something in you is definitely missing and deprives you of peace of mind.
There is only one way put of this situation: stop pretending and start being yourself.”
“The difference between depression and sadness is that sadness is just from happenstance. Whatever happened or didn’t happen for you, or grief or whatever it is. Depression is your body saying ‘fuck you, I don’t want to be this character anymore. I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you created.’
I am no longer in depression. I experience happiness, sadness, acceptance, but not depression. Everyone should get rid of the avatar they have created for themselves.”
Do you agree with Jim Carry’s understanding of depression?