I think back to just over a year ago to when Robin Williams committed suicide. While suicide unfortunately is part of lives of daily Americans, for some reason this one really hit home for me as I grew up with Robin Williams. I did not actually know him personally, but as a child hearing his voice was always soothing and cheered me up. Whether it was the voice of the Genie in Aladdin, Captain Hook in Hook, Alan Parrish in Jumani, Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, or Patch (Hunter) Adams in Patch Adams, Robin Williams always knew how to put a smile on my face.
Upon hearing of his death, I was deeply saddened to think of the man that had perpetually kept me happy these past 25 years- had trouble keeping himself happy. And while I know for some it is very easy to mask their depression and hide it from the world, I wish there was a way I could tell Mr. Williams of all the times he was able to help me out when I was struggling, both as a child and as an adult.
In the beautiful words of Robin’s daughter, Zelda Williams, “[For] those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be, because I promise you, there’re enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.”
I truly believe Robin is looking down under the yellow moon on Zelda and all the children and adults he was able to bestow the gift of happiness from, and I can only hope that he knows people are still thinking of him and his great contributions.
If you or someone you know needs emotional help, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
All The Best,