A Gift of Laughter – Remembering Robin Williams

At the time of writing, a conclusive report has not been released. Out of respect for Robin’s family, this post will focus on the joy he brought to the world. May they find peace in their time of grieving. No one in the world needs to feel that they are alone, so take note of the resources at the bottom of this page or reach out to me on the contact page. You are not alone. 

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

If you are a Millennial, you likely have a favorite Robin Williams movie. You grew up with him voicing the Genie from Disney’s Aladdin, you learned about divorce and love in Mrs. Doubtfire, and you likely came to love his comedic and dramatic talents. The shock of hearing of his passing was quite unsettling as Twitter alerted me to the trending topic. As our society has developed technologically, it is as if the entire Twitter-mind became aware of the loss and has been looking for ways to process this information  among each of the end users. As fast as Robin’s mental gears seemed to turn, we might only now be catching up.

For the struggles that he faced, Robin remains an extraordinary example of humanity from his charity work, visiting the troops, and just bringing more laughter into the world with his craft. When interviewed by James Lipton on “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” Robin’s response to the question of heaven was that he hoped there would be laughter. Indeed, in so many ways, Robin brought sparks of heaven down to earth with each comedic bit, each character, and story, all working towards an amazing representation of the human condition. How can we here ever hope to show our gratitude for his work and all the laughter?

We are all granted certain talents and gifts. Some people discover their skills early, and some work their whole lives trying to grow and improve. Many comedians wish they could have had his timing and acuity. I enjoy bringing a smile and a laugh to others, but my abilities are better suited to the structured and planned, such as writing. Yet, if we all contribute what we are able, perhaps it will be the first step in repaying all the laughs and gifts that Robin and so many gave before.  We can honor Robin’s memory by trying to make a better world. If one individual can have such an impact on us all, how much more can we accomplish working together on that same goal.

Taking a moment for Robin’s family, we should all send thoughts and prayers as well. Knowing the sadness and loss from a parent’s passing, it is a time for his children to address their feelings as they feel appropriate. It can be disconcerting as we see our parents age and pass away, but we Millennials are seeing more of it as the years progress. Speaking from experience, make time to honor your feelings. It is a very personal journey for anyone who experiences loss, and don’t be afraid to feel or to reach out and ask for help.  Our deepest sympathies to Robin’s wife, children, family, and friends with our hope that the happiness he brought into the world will be a comfort as they grieve.

Finally, if you know someone who is dealing with depression, even if you find yourself depressed, there is no shame in reaching out to someone. Even laughter can hide a lot of pain, but sometimes we need other coping methods to truly work through our emotions or other personal needs. If you or someone you know is in need, visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

No one in the world needs to feel alone, and as long as I’m here, you can reach out to me on my contact page. Please share these contact details with anyone who may need them. You are not alone. 

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