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.
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    When news of Robin Williams' suicide first hit my radar (social media last night), I immediately started surfing around to prove whether it was true or false... NY Times confirmed it for me & I've been sad ever since. He brought us so much joy, 63 sounds progressively younger every day ;-) !!!

    I've always said when I can no longer saddle my own horse, it'll be time for me to say my goodbyes - my critters have linked me to this earthly plane. RIP my Captain, Nanu nanu!
    1995 days ago
    There was a time in my life when I had suicidal thoughts. I was teased and picked on starting in first grade because of my disability. I was born with cataracts and I am legally blind. Junior high and high school were some of the worst years in my life. Thank God I never acted on those thoughts. I was raised Catholic and I was afraid I would go to hell. There were times when I would go to bed hoping that I would go to sleep and just not wake up. Sometimes I think that emotional pain is more difficult to deal with than physical pain.

    I remember first seeing Robin Williams on an episode of Happy Days where he got some advice from Fonzie about dating, then there was Mork and Mindy. He was an amazing actor and could do well in whatever role he played whether it was funny or serious. I enjoyed movies like RV and Mrs. Doubtfire. I especially loved movies like Awakenings and The Fisher King. He truly gifted with an ability to make people laugh. He could go off into a montage that would have everyone in stitches. I can imagine that he was probably the kind of kid who drove his mom nuts. It really is tragic when the mental suffering that someone is endring leads to them taking their own life. He will be truly missed.
    1995 days ago
    You definitely summed up how I've been feeling. His death seems so tragic and even more so because someone so generous with their tremendous comedic talent could be suffering so quietly. Thanks for writing this.

    RIP RW
    1995 days ago
    I think that everyone felt like he was a crazy relative. He just had that persona. Everyone I know is taking it hard as well. So sad.
    1995 days ago
  • GIPPER1961
    I remember that he had problems with addictions years ago. I am not sure if that was still a difficulty at present. He was an incredibly talented man though.
    1995 days ago
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