Tuesday, August 12, 2014

File This Post Under "Life"

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Since it says "life" at the top of this blog, every once in a while you get something that deals with life… or in this case death.
 
Unless you've been in a coma for the past 20 hours or so, comedian and actor Robin Williams died yesterday… an apparent suicide.
 
I've been a fan of his most of my life.  I was in high school when I first saw him as the character Mork in that one weird episode of Happy Days that was so well received it gave birth to Mork & Mindy.
 
Williams always had that manic part that would just take over scenes, interviews, you name it.  When you would see it you would wonder "how can he do that?  How can he make those connections, remember those points?"  It never appeared rehearsed and frequently wasn't.  He just had a mind that worked differently than most.  Unfortunately talented artists frequently do… and that can mean that for all of that creativity, there is a dark side.
 
It turns out he was sort of known for also battling depression, which seems odd until you really think about it.  Someone that can be so manic has to balance that out somehow.  Unfortunately, the depression could be severe.  His people say he had been battling severe depression for a while and yesterday it must have just become too much.  That's sad.
 
I've lost some friends to this type of situation & the one thing I can say is "ask for help.  Tell someone how you are feeling".  For all the good he gave us, perhaps learning not to give in might be the best gift he leaves us...

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