Remembering Robin Williams

What is Right in the World Today is that Robin Williams lived. 

I was so sad to hear of the ending of Robin Williams’ life.  Then I smiled as I remembered his smile, his laugh, both contagious, both full of mischief.  He would have wanted us to remember the good.

Like the vast majority of people mourning his passing, I knew him on stage, in film and the voice of many Disney films. I loved his humor, his quick wit and his acting.  I did know that he struggled with mental illness and addiction.  I did not know him, but I wish that I did.

I thought of the movie, Aladdin and how I once heard an interview where Disney had a script that was nothing like the end result.  Robin Williams started to read the script, and then he began to improvise.  Disney tried to rein him in; alas they could not–they let him continue.  The result was rapid fire genius.

I watched him in more serious movies and admired his versatility and talent.  He poured into each a piece of himself and the results were real and raw.  I wonder if he could ever fathom how many people he touched in his life.  Interviews that I saw were always of a humble man.  I wonder if he knows how many people laughed, how many cried and the legacy that he would leave behind.

He continues to reach out to us, sharing an intimate portrait of his struggle, putting a face to mental illness and allowing it into the light.  The stigma is lifting, but it still exists.  Perhaps because of this tragedy someone struggling today will reach out for help, saying, “Me too.”

Unfortunately we lost him too soon, but a quote from him reaches from beyond and offers hope. “You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

Rest easy Mr Williams.

 

 

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Writing and photography are my first and second loves and thanks to technology I have the ability to share with a larger audience, including family and friends. Gone are the days of lugging around photo albums after a trip and of keeping a written journal of the experience that only I would view. The days of the handwritten letters are gone, but blogging provides a chance to share ideas, thoughts and photographs with a few mouse clicks and to receive instant feedback from around the world. It provides an opportunity to research a new place and to see that place through the eyes of a multitude of people each with their own unique way of viewing and experiencing the world. It opens the world wide and allows us a front row seat. Blogging connects us and creates a family of support. It provides an outlet and a chance to perfect the craft of writing and story telling. When I sit in my living room drinking my coffee and see that someone from another part of the world has read my words, and then I read theirs, the world is much smaller and more attainable. We are more alike than different as we share uniquely human experiences. Once I had a dream of becoming a Journalist, but somehow life got in the way. I currently have a fantastic career in healthcare and know that I have made a difference so I have no regrets. Still, I wonder if there is time to explore the road less travelled?

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