Tuesday, August 12, 2014

If Any Good Can Come Of This

Obviously we talked a lot this morning on the show about Robin Williams.  It's an interesting time when a celebrity passes away.  My Facebook and Twitter feeds were buzzing with posts about the actor.  Some believe you shouldn't feel moved as you didn't actually know the person. But I read that it's the sign of a true artist, when one passes away and people feel it. 
From Aladdin to Hook to Dead Poet's Society and Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams has been a fixture on my television for decades.  Not only that, the joy, laughter and love he brought to millions of people is not something to minimize.  Robin Williams' talent and legacy will live forever. 

If any good can come of this terrible time, I hope it opens the conversation on depression and mental illness.  Williams suffered for years, always hiding behind characters and laughter.  It really drives home the point that you never truly know what someone is going through in their personal life.  It could be a colleague of your's or a family member, acquaintance or close friend.  I hope his death opens up a conversation and lets people know they are not alone.  There is always someone who will listen and always someone who cares.  Just as Michael J Fox has made Parkinsons more accessible, I hope those suffering from depression know it's ok to get help. 

He seemed to have it all, and still.  And still.

If you need someone to talk to, this is a good place to start.

His death can also bring up personal sadness for those who have lost loved ones.  You know I love quotes and I wanted to share this one that Williams' daughter posted yesterday:

And, to end today's blog post on a note with a smile, a scene from one of my favourite childhood movies.

Genie, you're free.

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