I know Wentworth Miller from the hit TV series Prison Break, which was his breakout acting debut that spanned over four years. It was a great role, and he had fans all over the world. But it seems nobody knew the inner problems he was facing, and for that the social media world has been known to be very unkind.
Today’s culture would rather be disrespectful and bully those they know nothing about instead of learning about those of us who are different and growing stronger in character for accepting people for who they are.
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Miller went through a bad time in his life when he was suicidal and didn’t have anywhere to turn until he found his vice — food. For some people, the comfort they seek is to the satisfaction of food. Miller’s photo was found with him gaining excess weight which is where the jokes began. When Miller saw the graphic, he responded on his Facebook page with his story. Guess the ones who were laughing aren’t doing so now.
From Miller’s Facebook Page:
Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time.
This one, however, stands out from the rest.
In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, I was suicidal.
This is a subject I’ve since written about, spoken about, shared about.
But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do. The extent of my struggle known to very, very few.
Ashamed and in pain, I considered myself damaged goods. And the voices in my head urged me down the path to self-destruction. Not for the first time.
I’ve struggled with depression since childhood. It’s a battle that’s cost me time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights.
In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through. There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be.
And I put on weight. Big f–king deal.One day, out for a hike in Los Angeles with a friend, we crossed paths with a film crew shooting a reality show. Unbeknownst to me, paparazzi were circling. They took my picture, and the photos were published alongside images of me from another time in my career. “Hunk To Chunk.” “Fit To Flab.” Etc.
My mother has one of those “friends” who’s always the first to bring you bad news. They clipped one of these articles from a popular national magazine and mailed it to her. She called me, concerned.
In 2010, fighting for my mental health, it was the last thing I needed.
Long story short, I survived.
So do those pictures.
Now, when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without.
Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist.
Anyway. Still. Despite.
The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe. But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness.
Of myself and others.
If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Someone cares. They’re waiting to hear from you. Much love. – W.M.
Miller had to strength to face his problems head on, and he won, but there are some out there that are not as fortunate. He will also be featured in a reboot of the hit series Prison Break scheduled to premiere on FOX this summer.
H/T – Daily Mail
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