I know that pretty much everyone who was even a little exposed to Robin Williams’s career is talking about their reactions to his passing, and while normally with celebrity deaths I don’t feel I need to comment, this week, I feel I do.
Like the stories of so many people, Robin Williams was an integral part of my childhood. He was a silly alien I sometimes spotted on the TV at night. He was a crazy bat who sang a song that to this day I can still repeat verbatim on command. He was the genie to end all genies. He was Peter Pan. I’ve watched so many of his movies more times than I can count repeatedly, because no matter how many times I watched them they made me smile, laugh, sing along.
I cried at work when I saw the news start trickling across social media channels. I didn’t think I would get so emotional, but as someone I know put it – we just weren’t ready to live in a world without him. I can’t even imagine what his family and friends are going through right now.
I think another reason it is resonating with me so hard is that I have lost a close friend to suicide, and it still hurts to this day to think about. It just hurts knowing that there was someone I knew, and there was nothing I could do to help them see that they didn’t have to leave. Hearing when others are going through the same thing, it just pains me so much.
So this week I’ve chosen a picture that represents a moment of serenity and peacefulness that I know I have needed since yesterday, and maybe others do, too.
You are all loved, and please, talk to someone if you are feeling troubled. Maybe it won’t fix everything, or anything, but maybe it can help a little. People will be there to listen.