I know a lot of other people have posted their two cents worth on the tragic and untimely death of Robin Williams but I still felt like I should too.
I rarely take notice when celebrities die. The only one I can remember remotely taking note of is Andy Griffith . But very surprisingly, this time it stuck with me. I actually thought about it for more than a few minutes. In fact.... the news hurt me. Even made me cry. He's so iconic, it's hard to believe he's really gone.
I never realized how much of an impact Robin Williams made in my life. I haven't seen that many of his movies and I've seen almost none of his stand-up work but those that I've seen made me laugh and smile unlike anything else I've watched. And it wasn't the same as other things, these made me laugh right from my heart and left me with a happiness that lasted long after it was over, even if I had seen it before. He had a way of making anyone smile from the inside out, even when he was playing a serious role.
He was also a very caring man. He called people just to cheer them up, went down to entertain our troops and has participated in and formed a number of charities. And he genuinely cared. He didn't do it just to be nice or to say that he did it, he truly wanted to help and make people smile. If you were to see the behind the scenes footage of him making the Children's Cancer ad-spot, you'll see exactly what I mean.
This sad event has somehow managed to have me come to learn a few things. If you know someone who is troubled or hurting, whether it's depression or anything else, let them know you're there. Stay near them if you have to. They need to know that it will be alright, that whatever they're going through now is just the dark before the morning. Even if it's something small, just someone else being there to talk to or encourage them can mean the world to them.
Also, as a more personal lesson: you can't be too judgmental of people. Mr. Williams' more recent stand-up shows featured a lot of strong language. And if any of you know me at all, you know that I generally hate strong language. So when heard of these as compared to most of his other work, I... well, I just didn't think too highly of him.
I've finally come to realize that you can't write off someone for the few things that they did wrong while the greater body of their life and works can be so much greater. Because something like this happens and you realize the full scope of things and that you were fussing over things that didn't really matter when you could have been enjoying them more.
I guess it goes to show how God will take even the worst events in life and somehow bring out something good for someone somewhere. And how one man can make a huge impact on the lives of countless people, including those who never met him or even seen much of them.
Whether he was changing faces as Mrs. Doubtfire or changing faces as a big blue Genie, Robin Williams made the world not just a more enjoyable but a genuinely better place. There's going to be a little less light in the world now that he's gone.
Rest in piece, Mr. Williams. You were a good man and I'm sorry that all this happened to you. I really hope to meet you in Heaven, making Jesus and everyone else laughing 'til their sides hurt.