I watched Ellen’s comedy special ‘Relatable’ on Netflix this weekend and beyond being hilarious, there was this beautiful part of the routine where she gets very candid and talks about her life and the power of manifestation.
She talks about being broke, alone and believing in one idea so firmly, it got here to where she is today.
I didn’t think I was going to be a celebrity.
I didn’t have a talent. I didn’t sing. I didn’t act. I wasn’t a class clown. I was a regular kid. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I graduated high school. I was still lost. I was just doing anything to pay rent. I shucked oysters. I sold vacuum cleaners. I worked for a landscaping company. I was a waiter.
My life changed when I was 21-years-old and my girlfriend at the time was killed in a car accident. So I had to move out of the place we were living because I couldn’t afford to live there anymore. I had no job. No money. I moved into this tiny basement apartment. I had a mattress on the floor and the entire basement was infested with fleas. And I was laying there and couldn’t’ believe this had happened. To me. This beautiful young girl is gone and fleas are here. I was so angry at fleas. And I just thought they must do something. Because everything in nature has to work together. Even if we don’t understand it, it does something for something else. And I wanted to understand. And I thought, “I would like to talk to God” I would love to be able to pick up the phone and talk to God and ask questions and get answers. So I started writing what it would be like to have a conversation with God. Anyway, I finished writing it and I read it and I said to myself, “I’m going to do this on Johnny Carson and I’m going to be the first woman in the history of the show to be called to sit down and talk to Johnny Carson.”
I’m in a basement on a mattress with fleas. I make that statement. Six years later I’m called over to talk to Johnny Carson.