12 Aug 2014
The death of a celebrity can be a confusing time for a lot of people. Laugh if you will. As a species, people place exceptional human beings up on a pedestal as something to emulate; and often, this is a good thing. It pushes them to try harder because they know of someone who succeeded in the past.
On the other hand, that means that when they fall it is a shattering heart break. I believe that Robin Williams affected thousands of beings big and small by proving that even someone fighting extreme depression and addiction can be can still be useful, be loved, be helpful and make a difference in the world.
To hear that he gave in, and gave up makes him forever an equalizer for us all. Remembering what he did for so many should never be about being the first post to be cool, or jumping on the band wagon. Mourning this great actor is mourning a small piece of ourselves that we all fear inside.
Depression, mental illness, and addiction should not be taboo subjects that we sweep under the rug because it makes us ‘uncomfortable.’ Even the greatest minds/souls/beings are here to struggle and to grow. If you remember anything, remember how he changed you. Remember how he made the best of the worst part of himself for others…for complete strangers.
If I manage to do anything in my time on this rock, I hope it’s to change a person, even ONE person for the better…
“But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” You forgot laughter Mr. Schulman. Laughter is the medicine of the ages.