Samuel Johnson doesn’t like labels around mental health. To him, dealing with it, managing it, is just a “boring” part of his life. The mindfulness, the symptom-tracking, the healthy diet and sleep, the endorphin-boosting exercise.
“It’s fucking boring,” he told Mamamia‘s No Filter podcast.
But the former Secret Life of Us star turned founder of cancer research charity, Love Your Sister, also credits his “manic” brain with some of the biggest achievements for the cause.
The decision to climb on a unicycle in 2013 and ride around the country for 364 days to raise awareness and funds. The record-breaking Big Heart Project, which raised $2.535 million in 5c coins. The $8.5 million in donations Love Your Sister has amassed in just six years. His self-appointed role of ‘Head of Cancer Vanquishment in Australia’.
All inspired by his sister, Connie, who fought alongside him until her death of breast cancer in September 2017. And all a product, he said, of “grandiose delusions”.
“I use that blue-sky area, I use those manic bursts, I use those delusions to create my life and my life is born from them,” he said.
“So yeah, if you can harness your madness great things will come. But you can only harness it by facing off with it. If you do not acknowledge your madness and work to understand it – in the knowledge that it will know you better than you will ever know it – then you’re just a raving lunatic, as opposed to a crazy guy done good.”