A Note to Myself: Whenever You’re Feeling Lost or Unworthy, Watch Shia LaBeouf

The raw compassion and realness that Shia LaBeouf holds are contagious and something that we all need now more than ever. Social media’s “my life is better than yours”, polarized politics, and environmental disasters. These things weigh on us much more than we realize. Combine today’s crazy events with a complicated past, and it spells instability for just about anyone. Especially if you’re a sensitive person, like me.

His Before and After

Shia LaBeouf during his struggles
Before. Source: Reuters
Shia LaBeouf in 2019
After. Source: Variety

Shia shows that to move forward, you must make peace with your past, and continue to show gratitude, daily, for everyone. If you don’t believe me, look at his face during his controversies, and then after (him today). Do you see a realized sense of peace and love? I do.

Everyone Has Baggage

Like pretty much everyone else, I took away some baggage from my childhood. It’s not even close to what Shia or many others had to endure, but it’s still my baggage that I have to deal with. 

Distractions Aren’t the Answer

How I’ve dealt with it most of my life was to distract myself. Distractions from life and hiding my vulnerability. Usually in the form of playing video games 12-16 hours a day. This of course just made things worse. Things like making friends, or opening myself up to my girlfriend was that much harder because the more I played, the more removed from myself I became.

What Really Is the Answer?

Shia proves that by being unflinchingly honest with yourself, you can find it again. Whether you call it finding yourself, finding your truth, or identify, it’s still there.

As I write this, I wish someone could tell me how to start or show me some step-by-step guide on how to get to a place of peace. But this won’t happen. It can’t happen, because even if it did, it wouldn’t work. I would just be using someone else’s incompatible formula to avoid my pain again.

Everyone’s journey is different and they need to be the masters of it, not anyone else.


It will be painful. It will be tough. But in the end, peace and love will be there waiting, as they always were.

“Don’t waste your pain. Don’t waste it, it’s a useful paint.”

Shia LaBeouf
An extra dose of Shia in case you need it
Or two

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