I don’t know or meet a lot of celebrities. Famous people and me? There’s no famous people AND me. There’s famous people. There’s me. Two very separate entities. Today I’m going to tell you how a famous person (Zachary Levi) woke me up…
I would love to fabricate a great story about falling asleep in Times Square when a famous person accidentally drops their iced coffee on me (as obviously hot coffee would burn) which of course then wakes me up and I would tilt my head realising who it is with starstruck eyes or maybe I go to LA to take a picture of the Hollywood sign when a famous persons car breaks down right next to me and my engineering degree would mean I’d fix up their car! Obviously none of that happened for a few reasons;
- I’ve never been to the States
- I’d never get starry eyed because I find it hard to imagine another human (whatever their level of fame or riches) as anything other than essentially the same as me, human
- My engineering degree is in electronics not mechanics so I could never fix any broken down car unless it was a toy car
The way in which he woke me up was way less Hollywood and more, organically real life reality!
Zachary Levi woke me up!
I was sat in a chair. I was tapping away on my phone like millennials do. All of a sudden I end up on the podcasts app. (It was either that or Instagram). I search for Jay Shetty. I like his stuff therefore it made sense, a few minutes into his recent podcast (which you can watch here or listen here) with Zachary Levi I was so intriguingly awoken! Like ‘cold water splashed in the face’ awoken!
A lot of people, particularly exceedingly successful people, they don’t always sound genuine. I don’t know if it’s because they end up repeating the same answers to the same questions time after time or if they’re genuinely way too high up their arse?! It’s probably six of one and half a dozen of the other. Where Zachary Levi is concerned, I believe this guy! I believe in his hurt, his heart and the healthy conversations he advocates. Zachary Levi, you woke me up! I needed some motivational quotes or a few motivational words, I found them on a motivational podcast! I guess if you’re looking for burgers go to a burger place, thus I don’t know why I didn’t do this weeks ago. Well I know why because I’m a human, a flawed one although one that’s trying to work on those flawed edges.
As I say, I was listening to an episode of ‘On Purpose’ by Jay Shetty (who by the way is all sorts of an inspirational ionic laser beam of an educational system all by himself) and the guest, Zachary Levi. Now, of course I’m writing this post on purpose but the question is for what purpose? Two reasons. Firstly, the podcast is fantastic and I really want people to hear it (I don’t earn anything except for maybe a bit of good karma). Secondly, why this particular podcast was a bit of what I needed at a difficult time in my life.
I didn’t really know a lot about Zachary. The fact that I’m referring to him on first name terms is a fine example of what I’m about to say because fifteen (really interesting) minutes into this podcast I already felt like this person was my friend. I know! That’s ridiculous right? No, I don’t think so. I think lots of famous people are my friends or they have personalities that would make them my friends. Maybe I’m nuts. I think Eddie Hearn is one. Tom Bilyeu of Impact Theory. Karen Brady. Alex Scott. In fact the list could go on . I actually think BT Sport should hire me to be honest. I’d fit right in with the football punditry! Moving on…
Who is Zachary Levi?
Zachary Levi is the lead actor and star of Shazam!, the movie released in the early English Spring of 2019. Admittedly, I’ve not watched the Shazam movie. I don’t watch a lot of movies. Not really my thing you see. I don’t really know a hell of a lot about the guy or the movie to be honest. I remember a vague conversation with my sibling about the movie where the idea was explained to me. I wasn’t so interested even though my brother tried very hard to entice me in with the plot yet only until after listening to the actor himself, I now kind of want to watch it. At no point is the guy even promoting the movie in this podcast episode and credit to him for that. I want to watch his work because his honesty has made me a fan. I’ve already added value to his work in my mind through the respect I’ve gained for him from his speaking. That’s the best way to gain someone’s respect in my opinion. When people value you for who you genuinely are, your work becomes an embodiment of success based on the truth in your personality.
He’s self-aware. He meditates. He prays. He’s genuinely conscious of the world. It seems like he has a solid moral compass. Very respectful, self-evaluating and humble guy. He’s not the guy in the giphy above, that’s Andy Samberg who may also be all those things, I don’t know (He was a great giphy option so I used it). There are a lot of great takeaways, another is “you have to be okay with where you are right now” He’s dropping them like hot cakes throughout the episode. It’s a fire ep for sure!
He (Zachary) says that he lives by three things humility, gratitude and trust. What a great set of traits to live by! Traits we should all work towards. These are traits I wish I could master. Imagine being spoken about for being on the opposite end of that, that’s basically what you would call a monster. You don’t want to be that person. You WANT to be humble, grateful and trustworthy. If you have that greatness as your sauce and base, you would be a fantastically moral and loving pizza. A best seller!
Zachary Levi, he’s no monster, it seems like he’s a super nice fella. It is so refreshing to hear a successful individual talk about how their life went into a deep dark place and how they had to process, filter and weed out different traits or the impact of past experiences to truly recover. His intelligence, compassion and wit allowed for a very easy listen. I think podcasting is a great concept however, a podcast is only as good as the guest, his/her willingness to engage and the quality of the overall content. When the guest dives in, it’s a treat. In this case it was informative, educational and eye opening. I love that. At one point he says ” We can love ourselves. We can love each other. We can make the world groovy” It’s such a funny almost cringe way to word something that is so cliched, true and unfortunately amiss in the world we live in. People don’t love themselves thus they struggle to love others. This means the world isn’t as groovy as Zachary (or I) would like.
To recommend that you listen, I feel, it is the least I can do so please click here to listen or to tap watch here It’s an hour of your time that you won’t get back, however, it’s an hour that will plant a seed of positive perspective that shall make many of the hours ahead make a little more sensible sense. I feel like his honesty woke me up from whatever the hell has been going on in my life and there’s been a few things.
I feel like crap
Let me explain why Zachary Levi in this podcast is exactly what I needed! I’ve been feeling like I need some sort of help or a revitalising shot of something special. I have had a little slump with my own troubles recently. I’m human and thus, I’m allowed to, although, it doesn’t mean that I particularly want to. What I’m not allowed to do is fester in the sad sorry swamp and stink of a recurring bad attitude. I won’t allow myself! Well, not anymore.
What I’m about to confess will sound scary because it’s a little bit dark in itself. It’s not a nice mindset to be in. It’s a horrible way to feel about yourself, your purpose on earth and earth itself. I was and have been walking around thinking about how I’m feeling really insecure at the moment. I don’t feel fulfilled. I feel lost. I feel out of my depth occasionally. I’ve had really dark thoughts about what if I wasn’t here anymore? Who would care? Am I happy with who I am? Can I change? Its really debilitating. I honestly cannot remember a time when the thoughts lasted for quite as long. I’ve had a bad time in the past where I’ve had a momentary thought. A few moments or a little while later, I would forget. In anger or out of upset, we say and we think some stupid stuff. Its not in my persona to marinate in such a sour sauce. Obviously, as I’ve started to rear my head out of the water I have consequently been asking myself a lot of questions, undertaking a relatively strong evaluation and trying to relax more. I know that I’m chasing my own path. That in itself comes with certain challenges. I’m trying to carve my future out with my mettle when the going gets tough and calmly paint on a blank canvas when I’m afforded the easier opportunity. When you factor in a pretty bad vitamin d deficiency of late and you google the symptoms, it does somewhat explain an extent to why? I can’t help but think that the vitamin deficiency was a symptom of a deeper emotional issue though. The Shazam! star speaks of a time he no longer wanted to live. For me, I wouldn’t say that it has ever gotten that far. I wanted to live. I still want to live! I just didn’t know what I was living for. All of the things I had hoped or planned to do were being pushed to the bottom of a very long list. If you’re as ambitious or as hopeful, or just damn right self-demanding then you’ll know it’s extremely hard to delay your dreams. In a recent YouTube video I remember the host of this podcast I’m so avidly advertising for free, Jay Shetty, saying that “there’s a blessing in every delay” and I believe it. Deep in my soul at the time I believed it too. There was just too much fog and mud around. Clouded judgement. Not being able to see the wood from the trees. Losing my way. These were all phrases that were so very applicable to me. To some degree, they still are.
A counsellor. A friend. A trustworthy confidante. Your GP. A therapist. All great people to turn to. I don’t feel like I have always had that. Whether you feel like it’s wrong or right, I often source help from the internet or by observing other people. The internet has a lot of great advice and also a lot of crap. Common sense can help you filter out the crap. The internet can be a very poor experience. Trolls, lack of authenticity and disingenuous content is a troublesome issue. No doubt. Like I say though, common sense has to come into play. It’s a resource and what you do with it ultimately defines what you get out of it. Same with money, your time or any resource/commodity you have in your life.
I would like to thank Jay Shetty and Zachary Levi for such an insightful, engaging and thoroughly positive experience. It was an experience not just an episode. I’m going to ask you one more time click here to have a listen because it is a fantastic opportunity to wow your mind and wake up yourself from whatever you are going through. We all lose our way and we think we’re truly lost. All that happens is we end up making permanent assumptions on temporary emotions (which is something I’ve one hundred percent stolen from a Jay Shetty video).
Don’t fall into despair. Fall into recovery. Don’t assume people don’t care. Assume those people who do care will be a part of your new journeys discovery.
The best and most effective of recoveries start from within. Start yours today. I am.