It never fails to amaze me how celebrities – people we most likely will never meet in person – can sometimes effect our lives in profound ways. Our parents, friends, family and loved ones are supposed to be the ones who shape our world and the way we look at it. Yet sometimes, the people who entertain us also contribute to the way we go through life in ways that surpass mere “entertainment”.
And when one of the people that we feel has been with us for what seems like most of our lives suddenly goes away, the only emotion we can ascribe to it is “grief”. It’s shocking enough when someone like George Carlin is lost to an unexpected heart attack or Christopher Reeves succumbs to the accumulated effects of his spinal injury.
But when the world found out that one of the people who brought it so much joy over the last four decades had been suffering from a depression that culminated in his taking his own life, it seems amplify that grief that much more.
I suppose that if there were two things I would want to express in the wake of Robin Williams’s death it would be that
1) If you are suffering from depression, **PLEASE** reach out for help. The world is a much better place with you along for the ride.
2) It’s my hope that Robin Williams’s legacy isn’t that of a tortured artist. He spent his career making us laugh. And while I can’t claim to have even met them man, let alone know him, I feel that he would want to be remembered as a man who made us made us smile and feel happy just to be alive.
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