“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
This is a quote of one of the most famous comedian ever, Jim Carrey. Can you see an irony in this? Comedian that most of us heard of says something like this. Jim is giving us an example that laughter doesn’t automatically mean happiness. Sometimes the saddest people laugh the hardest.
Jim fought depression for many years. He had hard childhood, broken relationships and he lived on medicines for his nerves. He was not successful in making people around him happy, just as he was unhappy deep down.
In one of the interviews, Jim points out: “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 f*ck 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.”
After reading previous quote, we come to the conclusion that real life Jim wasn’t the same person as one on the screen in some movie that is made to make us all laugh. He felt tired. Depression was his break.
He finished his interview with this sentence: “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 is our job to look at him as a man who is sad or not. Everyone will make their on judgement. What’s important is that none of us forget that man who laughs doesn’t necessarily mean he is happy.