Todd Marinovich’s life was seemingly charmed. He was widely regarded as the best high school quarterback in the country, and became an overnight star at USC. But underneath it all, as he told a full house at InCite Talks, he hated himself. He said he lived his whole life in fear. In fact, he told the crowd, because of his addictions, he was just as happy to be released by the NFL’s raiders as he was the day they drafted him.
Marinovich shared some of his artwork—paintings, sculpture and sketches—and told about symbolism of them, and how each has played a role in his journey to sobriety. He also pulled out his acoustic guitar and sang tunes he has written about addiction, and how you can’t overcome it alone.
“Each one of you hold value as a human being, exactly the way you are,” said Marinovich, choked with emotion. “We are the most magnificent creatures on this planet, just the way we are, right now—don’t have to do a damn thing. We are valuable.”
Marinovich’s message was one of hope for all those who struggle. He reminded us how we’ll never find the way, if we’re only trying do what others expect. “We’d better learn to be comfortable with ourselves,” he implored.