Sunday, August 17, 2014
We all know by now that we have lost Robin Williams. A man that was a true gift to this world. A man that we never would have thought would be dealing with the same struggles a lot of us face everyday with depression. With expectations of the world growing higher and higher everyday, it scares me for our children. Look how much it takes now to entertain them, to impress them (and us). When we were kids, chasing lizards and frogs was enough to entertain us. Now that's not exciting enough. Everything has to be bigger and better. Even the school system has fallen prey to this. With schooling being about test scores and beating the competition, turning it into another corporation instead of a place we could feel good about sending our children. How can we ever feel like we're good enough in a world that is never good enough? How many suicides will it take? How many kids setting themselves on fire for the fun of it? How many overdoses? How many strangers fallen to the sucker punch or knockout game? When are we going to hit our boiling point and say enough is enough?
I say we start now. I say it's time to unplug. You don't have to go radical and say no more electronics for life. Maybe just for awhile each day to stop and be apart of the world that is around you. Be present in the moment. Take a walk. Play a game with your kids. Spend time with family. Play with your dog. Whatever it takes to step away from the chaos that has become our world and to remind ourselves that this world is good. This world that we are apart of has so many beautiful things for us without all of the extras. And so are we. We are each made by God not to be attached to a screen all day looking for more and more action and suspense and entertainment. We must go out into the world He has made and know we were meant for more. Each and every one of us has more inside of them than we can ever imagine. And a lot of us are too scared to explore that so we stay in our homes and watching this world that has become so fast paced and fear it. We fear we will never live up to it's potential. But the secret is more simple than we think. The secret is we don't have to be apart of THAT world. We just need to be apart of our world. We need to step outside of our boxes and discover OUR world. We each have our own story to write and our own world to discover. And it will never happen if we stay in fear. This fear is such a big part of the depression that rules many of us. It is time to fight back. To say no more. For ourselves and for our children. We must not let another death by depression go unnoticed, unchallenged. We must fight this disease and we must start at home, start within ourselves, with our world that is right there in front of it. It is time to take back our world and to make ourselves proud to live in it. We must do better. We are the light this dark world needs and it is time to let it shine.
Robin Williams, your death has not gone unnoticed, unchallenged. The challenge starts today. We will make this world, our world, a better brighter place to live in. Thank you for all you have given us in life and in death; the laughs, the love, and the life lessons. You made this world a better place and made us proud. Now it's our turn to make you proud.
a tribute/commercial by Apple..