The pro wrestler-turned-action superstar took to Instagram
on Wednesday to recreate a famous photo he posed for in 1996
, before he became the household name he is today, and reflected on how much his life has changed.
Donning a black turtleneck, a silver chain necklace and a black fanny pack, the Baywatch star hilariously captured the innocence and naiveté of the original photo, which first went viral in 2014.
"When I took this iconic absurdity of a picture in 1996 I was one year removed from sleeping on a used mattress I took from a garbage dumpster in the back of an hourly sex motel. Couldn't afford to buy a bed so we do what we gotta do to get by," Johnson captioned the side-by-side snapshots. "21 years later I'm taking the same photo backstage hosting #SaturdayNightLive for the fifth time."
Johnson continued with an inspiring message for his fans, writing, "If you're going thru your own tough times, 'used mattress' stage, do your best to have faith things'll get better and always be willing to outwork your competition because you never know where life is gonna take you."
"And ALWAYS remember to place a soft tissue under your left elbow as to protect the fabric of the cheap ass swag turtleneck," Johnson added. " Oh and tuck the thumb in the fanny pack. Always tuck the thumb."