Ryan Reynolds today’s one of the most popular actors, he’s naturally funny and charismatic. But did you know that his whole life he’s dealing with crippling anxiety, depression, and panic attacks in the middle of the night, and his road to success was not easy?
It took 11 years and 47 rejections for DeadPool to hit the screens. This is the success story of Ryan Reynolds that will motivate you to never give up. Ryan didn’t have an easy childhood when he was just a kid. He began feeling anxious all the time. Because of his father.
My dad was a tough guy. This is not meant to be some sob story. Everyone carries their own bag of rocks around and I’m no different in that regard. But growing up in my house, was never relaxing or easy.
In high school, believe it or not, he failed drama. But as a dean, he landed his first role in the TV series 15, where he made $150 a day. And for the young Ryan, that was a fortune, but he was always very humble. So although he was earning a great salary for a teen.
Ryan was still doing his job delivering newspapers, I would do my TV show, and then I’d go home and do my paper route each day. Even though he was praised for his amazing acting skills. In the beginning. He hated acting in did it just to get out of the house. After the TV show was over.
He struggled to get his career off the ground. So he quit acting in took a job at a warehouse supermarket and at a restaurant for two years. But luckily his actor friend convinced him to move to Los Angeles and Ryan started getting some movie roles, but his anxiety was getting worse.
At first, he relied on comedy to manage his symptoms. But there was a point when even that didn’t work. So he turned to drugs.
I was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in Some Way
Ryan would often wake up in the middle of the night feeling paralyzed by anxiety about his future, he began to self-medicate, but fortunately stopped and found healthier ways to manage his anxiety. The movie role that transformed his career forever, didn’t come easy.
When Ryan started approaching studios to bring DeadPool to the big screen. He was rejected many times, but he never gave up. That bill took 11 years and 47 rejections to be made. And thanks to the movie, Ryan became one of the most famous Hollywood actors, and playing the role of DeadPool actually helped him deal with his anxiety.
He uses his DeadPool alter ego to not get nauseous before any interview or big event. He tries to exercise and move his body daily to keep his depression under control. He also uses meditation to calm his mind. I know sometimes it’s hard to even get out of bed.
Exercise can do wonders. But the most important thing is to reach out to someone reach out to friends and family. And if things get unbearable, seek professional help.
Just know that there is something you can do about it. This post is for you, you who faced many challenges you who survived so many failures, you who even though you’ve been broken and wanted to give up so many times, you’re still fighting every day. Remember, this is only one chapter of your story.
You’re not your depression, your anxiety, your failures, disappointments, you’re so much more. You didn’t fail. Your life is just beginning.