Growing up I loved watching comedies. Anything that could make me laugh I loved. Some of my favorite films being Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, Aladdin, and Jumanji. Robin Williams in these films were just absolutely amazing. He brought these characters to life from just words on a piece of paper. His talent didn’t stop there. Not only did he make his characters to live, but he also made them real! The viewer of his movies and shows were able to connect with him and really feel what he wanted them to feel. In some of his other movies such as Jack, Bicentennial Man, and Patch Adams he brought hidden life issues on the big screen. He was able to show the world how to live a life full of humor even with obstacles in our lives. He did not stop there. He continued to act and to make us laugh, cry, and feel in the Night at the Musuem, Robots, RV, Happy Feet, Mn of the Year, Old Dogs, August Rush and on his TV series the Crazy Ones. He was just amazing.
But yesterday we lost a great talent. Robin Williams has been making the world laugh for decades now. His talent and style in unmatched to most. Although I have only been a spectator of his work and his life, he seemed like an amazing person. Kind, caring, talented, and an overall good human being. I am truly crushed to hear him go, especially if it was at his own hands. I wish that I heard he died of natural causes, which I guess he did. From his depression he felt that taking his own life would be better than living. Who knew that one of the funniest people on Earth had a horrible case of depression. Nothing that he had could cure this type of sickness.
Depression is a serious illness that many people write off as just being upset or down at times. Yes, sometimes that might be the case, but there are level of depression that can cause unexpected events to occur. In my lifetime of 22 years, I have heard of depression taking 2 people’s lives and at least 9 other cases of people hurting themselves just to feel better. And I’m sure I just did not pay attention to the others that are affected. Obviously depression cases should be diagnosed and treated properly. Depression affect 1 in 6 people in the US every year (Medscape); an overwhelming number. So one last lesson that Robin Williams gave the world was that Depression does kill and it can hit anybody, even if they are loved by the WHOLE world.
RIP Robin Williams.