|Posted on January 11, 2017 at 1:05 AM|
"The more confidence you have in yourself and the more you believe that you are destined to do what you are gonna do, it will happen." Michelle Rodriguez.
Before I branch out onto another blogging arc and while I was on the subject of Attention Deficit Disorder, I wanted to relate how actress Michelle Rodriguez comes into play here. Although I don't recall specifically when in the last seven or eight years I learned about it, but for the first time in my life I found out a famous person has the same learning disability that I have. People hear that certain celebrities also have some of the same health conditions that they do, but ADD is not one I've heard much without having to dig around the internet. I don't necessarily need a famous role model for this mental disorder, but since I had already looked up to her in acting she left a uniquely positive mark on me.
Yes, Michelle Rodriguez has Attention Deficit Disorder. When I first read about it somewhere online I was surprised, as a lot of people seem to be when they find out you have the mental disorder. But with Rodriguez, I really respected her after I found out because of having been a fan of hers from her acting career. Starring in tough feminine roles from the Fast And The Furious franchise, Resident Evil, the film S.W.A.T. with a toughness yet gracefulness no one but her could pull off, and Avatar, I really admired her going against the typical female character types to be herself in what she performed. Even if she was typecast after her star role in the film, Girlfight.
And she is as tough on screen as they come, with one of the toughest female film fights against actress and mixed martial arts competitor Gina Carano from the film, Fast 7. Given her personality from the interviews she's given, I'd have to believe if Rodriguez didn't like being often seen as a tough woman she has the confidence to blaze her own trail. So as a woman, as an actress in film and Hollywood, as a person of her age, personality, and dedication to her work, knowing that she has ADD really makes me want to sit down with Rodriguez and ask her what it's been like for her personally.
It is obvious that not only has she had to overcome adversity being a woman, but also with the Attention Deficit Disorder potentially holding her back. In my humble opinion, this makes anything that Rodriguez puts forth with her hard work ethic and toughness is a prime example of succeeding against mental disorders. Believe me; this world could use more examples of famous people that many idolize already but to know that some of them also have mental health conditions. And Rodriguez will always be bearing weight on her shoulders, or donning her metaphoric boxing gloves, and facing adversity just the same.
Actor Logan Lerman's character Percy Jackson was portrayed as having Attention Deficit Disorder in the film, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and having trouble with it to fit in and function in society. Yet, his mentor saw through the disorder and encouraged Jackson's ADD as what gives him his excellent reflexes and attention to multitask. The character Hiccup from the animated film, How To Train Your Dragon, also overcomes his learning disability to save his village. The truth is if you look closely enough, you will find all sorts of people to look up to if you have mental disorders or mental illnesses.
Michelle Rodriguez's part in that positive list of real life heroes is just the tip of the iceberg. Thank you, Ms. Rodriguez, for succeeding as you are despite the conditions that would hold you back.