We’re not short of “influencers” in 2018. Yet, who you choose to let influence you really matters. It’s often hard to tell who’s genuinely being genuine, and who is just using their followers for publicity and #ads.
In this time of role-model crisis I want to recommend to you a man of honour, humility and GIANT PECS. I’m talking about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and let me tell you why he is the hero we all need in our lives right now…
He’s no stranger to depression, and yet has overcome his demons
When Dwayne was just 15 years old, his mother attempted suicide in front of him. This led to a battle with depression at a young age, something he has been open with on social media and in interviews.
“We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain,” he told The Express. “We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”
Knowing that suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales, he couldn’t be a better, and more timely, example for emotional vulnerability.
“The Rock” wants to help motivate you and me to reach our goals!
And to prove this, he created the Rock Clock. It’s an app that sets an alarm to wake you up with motivational messages from the man himself! Mornings are so important, and yet if you’re like me, you need more than just cereal to convince you to get out of bed! With this app, you can even wake up with Dwayne (although sadly not literally…) by setting your alarm for 4:30am. On second thoughts, that’s maybe a little too early!
He loves his daughters and champions their self esteem!
Dwayne frequently posts about how much he loves his three daughters. The caption on his post for Women’s Equality Day (about his daughter Jasmine Lia) was: “She can be anything she wants. She can sit at any table. She can trailblaze a path, while humbly and gratefully recognizing those before her who paved the way. She and her big sister, Simone and her baby sister, Tiana Gia will always have a strong voice and always make a positive impact. She can also just forcefully shove a buttery, delicious croissant 🥐 in daddy’s mouth when daddy is on a very strict diet.“
A man of Mr. Johnson’s build and fame can easily be expected to be hard all the way through, but Dwayne has regularly shown that he’s actually a softie at heart. He’s open about his struggles, and isn’t afraid to celebrate the success of his co-stars. And his bromance with Kevin Hart is both hilarious and adorable. Can you think of a better example of true, not toxic, masculinity? I’ll wait…