I have always been a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, and though he has nothing to do with OCD I can’t help but feel like he has come to represent my own journey. I have struggled with OCD for much of my life, and it comes in waves. Even as things shift in my life the core of it remains the same. It’s an incessant need for absolute clarity and understanding of any given situation.
When I’m feeling well-and-up I can often control the obsessing part, but it still bubbles up on occasion - usually when stress is high or security is low in some respect. But no matter how hard I usually try to get rid of the thoughts they persist nonetheless.
Leonardo DiCaprio became an anchor for me during particularly difficult times. When thoughts become overwhelming and logic seems nonsensical, picturing his face brings comfort and clarity that is akin to a lighthouse beacon brought into focus through a stormy sea. His inspiring messages about environmentalism have pushed me past feelings of despair, while his roles throughout film history provide motivations within my own storyline - what it means to make progress and persevere despite adversity even when things feel heavy on the shoulders.
His portrait serves as an anchor for me; one that I draw strength from during times of need. Though not directly related to OCD or mental health issues at large - he has become a role model for understanding life’s deeper lessons on resilience and persistence; regardless of which stage we are at with our recovery journeys.