Arnold’s powerful lesson in empathy | Sunday Observer

Arnold’s powerful lesson in empathy

Arnold Schwarzenegger has done everything. He’s been a body builder, actor, governor, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have time to support others when they need that support.

Schwarzenegger is very active on Reddit, where he uses the name u/GovSchwarzenegger. And while he discusses everything from politics to fitness, he’s also known to use his fame to offer advice and inspiration to supporters. One of his supporters, Ali from Canada, is going through a period of depression and has not had the motivation to go to the gym.

“I had been wanting to go to the gym for quite a while and had not been as I could not get any motivation going,” Ali. “I figured that I wouldn’t have anything to lose just asking. Worst case scenario, no one notices and it gets ignored. Best case scenario. Well, you know!”

To Ali’s surprise the Terminator actor replied, with gentle encouragement to take “one step at a time”. The supportive exchange has proven very popular on Reddit, with screen grabs of the conversation receiving more than 70,000 upvotes – a sign of popularity.

One Reddit user wrote: “I’ve been in a personal crisis myself, haven’t been to the gym in two years. This legit makes me want to cry.”

Ali responded, saying: “Let your bad feelings out and cry if you need to, holding back emotions is the easiest way to go further into depression. Don’t give up!”