Less than 48 hours ago, millions of people received the devastating news that we had lost one of the most iconic comedians of our time. A man who brought so much joy and laughter to our hearts. Robin Williams was so dear to many of us, which is illustrated by how deeply he permeated the hearts of many, many generations simultaneously.
A gifted performer, his incredible range of work, I believe, really showcases how deep of a soul he really is.
Although Robin was a notoriously private person regarding his personal life and family, he did not hide the fact that he suffered with addiction and depression. I know many people have different opinions on how these issues should and could be handled, as well as very personal thoughts and opinions on suicide and suicide prevention.
Regardless of how any of us feel about this incredibly tragic event, we can all learn and grow from this difficult time. Mental illness awareness and understanding is a topic I know many people are wary or downright afraid of. There is a very obvious stigma associated with these issues, and quite honestly, they need to be worked around.
Things like addiction and depression are very, very scary whether you or someone you know is going through them. No matter what kind of life you have, life will get shitty at some point. For whatever reason it may be shittier for one person than another, it may last longer or cut deeper and we won’t have a reason for why that is.
I think it’s important for more people to be supported and encouraged by not being afraid to stand up and say, “I need help.” For so long we were taught being strong was maintaining stoicism while we’re struggling internally. Although you don’t have to broadcast your depression or difficult times through social media or at parties with your friends, there is absolutely nothing wrong with standing up and saying you need support to get back to being the best version of yourself you can be. Sometimes life blows. But it doesn’t always, not even close. Sometimes we make these hard times last longer than they need to by being afraid of admitting we’re not perfect and life does affect us.
I believe people being this responsible for themselves and their happiness is a beautiful thing that takes an incredible amount of strength and insight.
If you feel like you need help don’t let anyone make you feel like you shouldn’t or that you don’t deserve it.
Below are a few honest, insightful quotes from the beloved Robin Williams.
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