A great man passed away yesterday. Sure, this is just one blog in one very small corner of the internet but I feel compelled to say something about Robin Williams passing.
[gdlr_quote align=”center” ]The man went to Julliard and was genius of acting, comedy and stand up. Do not cheapen him to your childhood memory.[/gdlr_quote]
I read that today in a comment section of the Huffington Post. All I can think is… Cheapen? Robin Williams is my childhood. At first, I felt the same degree of sadness that I would hearing that anyone passed away. Death is sad to me. I do not rejoice in it. But one reminder of all of the movies I grew up watching and loving and I was reduced to a puddle of tears.
This is a list of movies that are part of my childhood. I was born in 1985 and really, Robin Williams has always been there. He’s either been the actor or the voice in the most iconic movies of my time. How many do you remember?
- Hook (1991)
- Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
- Aladdin (1992)
- Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
- Jumanji (1995)
- Jack (1996)
- Aladdin and The Kind of Thieves (1996)
- Flubber (1997)
- Good Will Hunting (1997)
- Patch Adams (1998)
- Bicentennial Man (1999)
What upsets me the most is hearing that Robin Williams suffered from depression. I suppose that is what makes so many of his fans feel like in his passing, they shared a deep and personal connection with him. I have suffered from depression the majority of my adult life. What terrible, mental anguish he must have been in to feel like he had no other option and nowhere else to turn but to end his suffering by taking his own life. If a man who brought to life the happiest and most wonderful characters of my childhood feels like life isn’t worth living – what chance do I have?
It upsets me that this event will cause people to start speaking up about depression and other issues surrounding mental health. It angers me that this is what it takes.Why does it always take someone dying for us to stop and examine ourselves and the world around us?
Passing of men like Robin makes me hope that there is something better out there after we die. I hope that by taking his own life, he found the peace he was looking for. He will be so very much missed.
Around the world, parents are snuggling on the couch with their children, introducing them to Aladdin for the first time – a tear of joy rolling down their cheek as laughter echoes through their home when Genie appears from his lamp. There will be pretend sword fights in the back yard – fights over who gets to play Peter Pan this time. Children who grow up wanting to be doctors and bring love, joy and laughter to the world like Patch Adams. Most importantly, a world where Robin Williams continues to entertain and educate children for generations to come.
RIP Robin Williams; July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014