Over the past few years, Wentworth Miller has been this quiet force, an advocate for those who can’t or aren’t ready to speak up for themselves. After confirming his sexuality in 2013, then addressing his struggles with mental health issues in a Facebook post earlier this year, he’s someone who’s bounced back from the depths of despair. So why shouldn’t we all look to him for inspiration?
The actor spoke with U.K. magazine Attitude in its 2016 Awards issue, and he had words of advice for those suffering from depression, who are being bullied, haven’t come out yet and/or are considering suicide as the only way to deal. And as someone who speaks from experience, Wentworth’s words are everything.
“I would say what others have said: it gets better. One day, you’ll find your tribe. You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are,” said the magazine’s Man of the Year.
“In the meantime, the reality is you might have to be your own tribe,” he continued. “You might have to be your own best friend. That’s not something they’re going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself.”
Wise words. Maybe easier said than done, but everything is. Once we learn to love ourselves, we allow others to see the real us and open the door for them to come on in.
And even though Miller may not be in our particular tribe, it’s obvious that he cares.