What Robin Williams Has Taught Me About Life
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I remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting in the movie theaters watching Mrs. Doubtfire, the first movie I’ve EVER laughed out loud. Yes, this is affect Robin Williams has had on my life.
There are very few moments when I am sobbing over the loss of an actor. And not a-one has ever affected me to write a blog post. I never met even met the guy. But over the span of my life, Robin Williams has touched my heart again and again and again. I’ve laughed until I cried. I’ve cried until there’s no more tears. I have felt every emotion along side him. What has Robin Williams taught me?
To be out of this world – Mork & Mindy
To seize the day – Dead Poets Society
That being a woman is hard work – Mrs. Doubtfire
To be an EXTRA-ordinary friend – Aladdin
To love the unlovable – Good Will Hunting
That people need people – Patch Adams
To never grow up – Hook
But the one feeling I had yet to feel with him was hopelessness. Suicide is probably the toughest decisions ever made on this earth. It’s one where you can’t take it back. It doesn’t only affect you, but those who know and love you for many years to come. But to me, it’s the anguish of a person of a pain that’s beyond bearable. There’s no escape.
I think what hurts me the most is knowing that this man who has lived years behind the mask of comedy, smiles and laughter, was hurting so greatly inside. That through all of the “treatment” he was giving himself through his performances, the people he surrounded himself with, the money, the fame….all of that still was not enough to fill that hole inside of him. Am I saying what he did was right? Absolutely not. But this means that even in death, Robin Williams has taught me something about life.
A person with depression can be sitting right next to you. Functioning everyday, going through the movements, you might not even notice the signs. We may not be aware of the feelings they have or what they have been through. What has Robin Williams taught me on his very last day of life? That depression is REAL, although it may be hidden. I wrote this tweet yesterday as my first response to what I had heard. I was shocked at the results I had from it.
— Saving Said Simply (@savinsaidsimply) August 12, 2014
We all have demons that we are fighting in life. We need people. We need hope. I hope that I can take Robin’s last breath as inspiration to be better. To live better. To hold my loved ones closer. To do something that’s leaving a lasting legacy on this earth.
Let’s take today and everyday to be just a little kinder to our fellow man.
“Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.” – Patch Adams
You will be missed, Mr. Williams.