I consider myself a fan of, honestly, an endless list of actors, musicians, authors, etc. but there are just some people that end up affecting your life in a special way.
Robin Williams was one of them.
He was around throughout my entire childhood. From Ferngully: The Last Rainforest to Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire to Jumanji as well as Jack. These are just some of my favorite movies of his that I can still watch countless times and never get tired of them.
I was at work when I heard the sad news and reacted like I’m sure many others did, in absolute shock and disbelief. We unfortunately live in a world where certain individuals find it entertaining to pull off those sickening hoaxes when they send out a tweet or a fabricated story onto the Internet and end up sparking rumors about a celebrity’s supposed death.
It wasn’t until I saw the news stories everywhere confirming his passing that I realized it was actually true. It was true that the man who brought us such amazing laughter was gone.
And aside from the laughter he gave us, Williams’ dramatic side was just as enthralling. Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, Good Will Hunting, What Dreams May Come. His talent never faltered over the years.
Of course, we all have our own inner demons and sometimes it becomes too tough to handle. But don’t look at his death as “the coward’s way out” or “selfish.” These are a couple of opinions I’ve come across from people on Twitter and various social media. Inconsiderate and wrong aren’t even the right words to describe their attitudes toward such a serious thing as suicide and depression.
Unless you are inside that person’s mind seeing what they go through day to day, don’t try to sum it all up in a tweet or a status update on Facebook. I find it so careless and insensitive when people think it’s okay to dismiss illnesses like depression or anxiety like they’re nothing and act like they’re made up to give the person an excuse to act the way they do. Mental illness is no joke so please, treat it like the serious matter it is that affects numerous people.
It’s still hard to believe that such an incredible man like Robin Williams is truly gone but my heart and thoughts are with his family and friends throughout this difficult time.
Thank you, Mr. Williams, for the laughter you brought us for so many amazing years and I hope you’re spreading that joy up in heaven!
I’ll end this with one of my favorite scenes from Patch Adams…laughter really is the best medicine.