As you all know, yesterday Robin Williams passed away.
I want to take a moment, and a post, to talk about how awesome Robin Williams was.
I can’t really remember the first Robin Williams movie I had ever seen, but as a child I remember, vaguely, watching “Mork and Mindy” with my mom. Beyond that, my memories of this ridiculously talented actor consisted of knowing that if I was watching a movie starring Robin Williams, I knew it was going to be good.
He was funny, fun, and his energy on screen made you smile even if you were having the worst of days. Don’t get me wrong! He had some really great dramatic movies as well. “The Awakenings”, “Dead Poets Society”, and we can’t all forget his creepiest role to date (to me, anyway) “One Hour Photo”. He proved that he was a true actor, versatile and able to portray whatever character that was offered to him.
However my most favorite, and perhaps a movie that changed the way I look at life, was his 1998 movie “What Dreams May Come”. This beautifully written movie about a man who discovers what heaven and hell is like really pulled on my heart strings. Of course there is more to the story than that, and it’s quite depressing to be honest, but Williams’ role was so convincing. You truly want him to succeed. Because of that movie, I have thought about death and said “Hey! Maybe it isn’t so bad. Maybe it’s just like that.”
But unfortunately, real life wasn’t so fun and funny for Robin Williams. It’s hard to believe that a man with so much success and who seemed to be full of life could feel so alone, to the point where he needed to end whatever loneliness he was feeling. Whatever sadness or pain he was feeling. It’s scary for us people who become depressed at times or who feel like they are alone every now and then.
We have to remember that we aren’t alone. There are a billion people in the world who have or will go through similar situations as yours. Sure, we may feel alone and helpless at times, but we aren’t. I sometimes have to tell myself this, just to remind myself that the bad days could be worse and that there is ALWAYS someone to talk to.
Anyway, Robin Williams…You will be missed.