We all know him as the man who can make even the most uptight person burst into laughter with his impeccable timing. But what we don’t know about Jim Carrey is that behind his exuberant facade lies an ordinary man who has met a low point in his life and suffered from depression.
After years of fame and living quite the envious life, Jim Carrey has come to realize that there isn’t much to it all. Everything we do is to nurse our ego — whether desiring to be important, to matter, or to be someone. Our ego creates a separation between us and all other beings. It dishonors our innate nature of being interconnected.
Furthermore, it leads us into believing that nothing about us is supposed to change. When we’re at our peak our importance is never going to diminish and we’re going to always remain on a pedestal. It also leads us to assume that whatever we have now is never enough and we must always do something to get more and contentment is the death of our progress.
While a majority of us suffer from this, there is an antidote that can cure us of our hubris. As Jim Carrey says, “The feeling of wholeness is a different feeling than me-ness.” Meaning, to feel whole, we must first let go of the urge to maintain the image of self-importance and of ‘ME’.
Carrey further says, “People talk about depression all the time. The difference between depression and sadness is 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’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me.
You should think of the word ‘depressed’ as ‘deep rest.’ Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.
I have no depression in my life whatsoever—literally none. I have sadness, and joy, and elation, and satisfaction, and gratitude beyond belief. But all of it is weather, and it just spins around the planet. It doesn’t sit on me long enough to kill me. It’s just ideas.”
One of the most poignant descriptions about depression, Carrey very beautifully eases several lost souls who’ve been suffering from something very similar. Sometimes its best to simply step aside and let go of the identity you’ve strived hard to create. You are not the facade you’re trying to put up. And you do not owe it to anyone to keep up with this ongoing charade.
Watch his entire video for his full speech and some much-needed inspiration in your life.