It’s been seven years since the Sad Keanu meme took the internet by storm and during this time the world has come to discover the details about his tragic life.
The famous actor has had a really rough time.
His father left when he was 3 years old, which led to an endless array of moves from city to city. As a result, he changed multiple schools and never thrived at making lasting friendships. Furthermore, he battled with dyslexia, a condition that hindered his education.
He overcame the struggles and managed to get to Hollywood.
He became best friends with fellow actor River Phoenix. The acclaimed actor tragically died of an overdose at the young age of 23, leaving Keanu in shock. They were very close, so close that Reeves considered him a brother and still thinks about him.
“He was a remarkable human person and actor. We got along very well, and I miss him. I think of him often”, said Keanu during a Reddit AMA in 2014.
Things got even darker.
He met the love of his life, Jennifer Syme, in 1998 and after a year she became pregnant. Sadly, the baby was stillborn and this torment drove the couple apart. Shortly after, another tragedy took place. Jennifer died in a car accident. Allegedly Keanu has never been connected romantically to anyone since.
Another huge blow for the actor.
His younger sister and best friend, Kim, was diagnosed with leukemia and endured a long battle with cancer. She eventually fell into remission. Since then, the actor donates a lot of money for leukemia research, including having contributed with 70% of his salary from Matrix.
He himself had a near death experience.
Back in 1988, a bike accident almost left him dead. He smashed into the side of a mountain, ruptured his spleen, broke a few ribs and laid on the pavement for an hour before help arrived. He was convinced he was going to die, especially after a truck ran over his helmet. Another motorcycle accident left him with a broken ankle and a scar on his right leg, in 1996.
“Grief changes shape, but it never ends”, Keanu Reeves told Parade Magazine in 2006.
Despite going through these harrowing experiences, Keanu Reeves has survived and is now leading a very humble life. He can often be seen walking the streets of L.A or riding the subway in N.Y. People say he is very polite and friendly when approached.
Last year, Keanu Reeves shared some words on Facebook that will make you question your existence:
“I cannot be part of a world where men dress their wives as prostitutes by showing everything that should be cherished. Where there is no concept of honor and dignity, and one can only rely on those when they say “I promise” .
Where women do not want children, and men don’t want a family.
Where the suckers believe themselves to be successful behind the wheel of their fathers` cars, and a father who has a little bit of power is trying to prove to you that you’re a nobody.
Where people falsely declare that they believe in God with a shot of alcohol in their hand, and the lack of any understanding of their religion.
Where the concept of jealousy is considered shameful, and modesty is a disadvantage.
Where people forgot about love, but are simply looking for the best partner.
Where people repair every rustle of their car, not sparing any money or time, and themselves, they look so poor that only an expensive car can hide it.
Where the boys waste their parents money in nightclubs, aping under the primitive sounds, and girls fall in love with them for this.
Where men and women are no longer identifiable and where all this together is called freedom of choice, but for those who choose a different path-get branded as retarded despots.
I choose my path, but it’s a pity that I did not find similar understanding in the people among whom I wished to find it most of all … “
We should take this inspiration from Keanu Reeves and be thankful for what we have. We should try to lead better lives by always doing the right thing. Let’s make the world a better place, share this!