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.