Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is the biggest Hollywood star on the planet right now. He’s got more money than he could possibly ever spend, and while he’d love nothing more than to splurge on cool stuff for his dad, his old man simply won’t let him.
“Hell, I’ll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won’t ask,” Johnson says about his father.
Even though his dad now has a son who could buy him literally anything, he simply doesn’t need it. As Johnson explains, his dad is a “minimalist” and has spent a lifetime surviving on the bare minimum.
In a recent Instagram post, Johnson explained the difficult circumstances his father faced as a teenager. When he was just 13, Rocky Johnson’s dad passed away. That Christmas, his mom’s new boyfriend got drunk and “pissed on the turkey,” upsetting the teen.
He went and retrieved a shovel, drawing a line in the snow and said “if you cross that line, I’ll kill you.”
The boyfriend, still really inebriated, crossed the line. Rocky then slammed him with the shovel, knocking him out. Police arrived and, in front of the entire family, said either Rocky or the boyfriend had to go.
Unbelievably, Rocky’s mother chose the boyfriend. He was now homeless at 13 years of age.
But he managed to survive, and as his famous son now explains, doesn’t need much to keep him going. Even when he buys him a new car, he says dad will “drive it into the ground” before getting another one.
A great lesson and reminder about the difference between needs and wants. We often think we need something, but in reality it’s just a want. Awesome to see a person who hasn’t let access to incredible wealth change him one bit.
Check out the full story from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself.
Bought my dad a Christmas gift and surprised him. He's had a hard life. This one felt good. My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest. Crazy story, my dad's dad died when he was 13yrs old. That Christmas, my dad's mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I'll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice. Cops were called. They told my dad's mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he's gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go. In front of the entire family, my dad's mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless. That f*cked up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954. He needed the bare minimum then, just like does now. Over the years, I've moved him into a big home, got him trucks to drive – which he'll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else. Hell, I'll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won't ask;). Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work. Also, makes me appreciate the fun times he would beat my ass in the gym so bad when I was 13 and say "If you're gonna throw up, go outside.. and if you're gonna cry, then go home to your mother". I hated it then, but I embrace it now. Made a man outta me. Without pissing on my turkey. ???. Just a small way of saying thank you dad and Merry Christmas! #DwantaClaus??