Dwayne Johnson Discusses Possible Presidential Run and His Intoxicating Positive Views
By Elisa Osegueda
Dwayne Johnson is not letting anything or anyone ruin his positive vibes.
The 45-year-old actor recently sat down withInStyle magazine for the January 2018 issue, where he opens up about his global success and the possibility of a presidential campaign.
“I start with gratitude,” Johnson says when asked about his positive outlook on life. “I’m in my 40s now, my fourth level, you know, and for me, in my 20s, I thought I knew everything—didn’t know sh*t. In my 30s, things started to cave in a little bit, and I began questioning myself and the decisions I was making. Divorce happened. Fatherhood was taking a challenging left turn.”
“I was trying to figure out what kind of dad I wanted to be, so there was a lot of sh*t happening,” he continues. “Now, in my fourth level, I can honestly wake up every day, be present, and be grateful for everything. And I keep the tougher times I’ve had in the forefront of my mind—like when I was 14 and we were evicted from our house, or when I had seven bucks in my pocket. The gratitude motivates me. I like to get up before sunrise, before the baby [Jasmine, 2] wakes up, so I can get my work done and get going.”
The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star also discusses how he handles those off days that can, at times, be very challenging, simply stating that the key is having a moment of stillness.
“When those days happen, and they do, I try to take a 30-minute break and just be by myself to figure my sh*t out: what’s letting me down, why I’m feeling a little sludgy today,” he explains. “Sometimes if you just take the time to really pay attention and break it down, you can figure out what caused it. And from there, generally, I can pull myself up out of it. And if I can’t, that’s where the support group comes in. I’ll take Lauren aside and say, ‘I’m feeling a little funky here. Do you remember anything?’ And then we’ll retrace our steps.”
His loyal fans have for the past two years been encouraging him to run for president of the United States after Johnson toldThe Washington Post he would consider it. For now, Johnson says he’s “just quietly observing everything happening on the political landscape, and when the next election comes along … I will be watching very intently.”
“What we’re in need of is a greater leadership that’s inclusive and truly hears the people and doesn’t have a knee-jerk reaction out of anger,” he adds. “And we’ll have a chance in a few years to cast another vote, and we’ll see where the American people are when that time comes.”