Thoughts on the Suicide of Robin Williams
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I haven't blogged in more months than I care to admit, but I am really feeling the need today. I normally handle celebrity deaths pretty well, maybe an "oh, how sad," but this one has hit me extra hard. I wish I had some super poignant words to say on the topic, but I don't think I do. I just felt compelled to blog, because I felt the loss very deeply when I woke up this morning in a world in which there is no longer a Robin Williams.
He was an amazingly funny man and a very talented actor. I never knew he suffered from depression. I always thought how wonderful it would be to meet him, to have dinner with him, to get to know him as a human being. The chances of that happening were probably less than the chances of me winning the lottery, but now it is a certainty that it will never happen.
Suicides happen every day, and they are always a tragedy. Many of us, myself included, have experienced suicidal thoughts and thankfully not acted on them. Somehow, we manage to get through whatever the situation or the emotion might be that brings these thoughts to us, but not everyone is so lucky. It really drives that home, knowing that this comic genius that made so many laugh felt that the best choice was to take his own life, that whatever pain he was suffering was so great that it seemed a better option to die than to face it for one more day.
My heart breaks for Mr. Williams' family, as it does for the families of any suicide victim. Hold your loved ones close, make sure they know every day that you love them. Smile at a stranger, be kind. It might make all the difference in someone's life.