There is not enough space for me to grieve while stuck on a family road trip through New Jersey, however even if I was alone inside my bedroom back home in Columbus I would still feel like this is a terrible time for Robin Williams to have died. It’s terrible when anyone dies, but he was only 63, which is barely old enough to retire. It also gave me chills to read the first report on my phone, “Oscar winning comedian Robin Williams dies at 63” because I just celebrated my Dad’s 63rd birthday last week.
I’ve been watching the internet attentively these past few hours and I’ve been touched by the hundreds of different posts I’ve seen about Robin Williams. It’s nice seeing that the general consensus is that he is a great person that deserves to RIP
Many people have made the subjects of their tweets about how Robin has touched their lives. I wasn’t aware of Robin Williams until I started listening to stand-up comedy in 2010 and downloaded his 2008 special “Weapons of Self Destruction” after that I became very absorbed in all the acting roles he did, unfortunately I haven’t watched them all so I feel out of place saying anything more than that he is a really talented actor. His stand-up though was a style that’s unique to him and only him. He was one of the few comics I imitated (badly) when I was first starting out and made me realize that I’m going to have to be the comedian I’m meant to be instead of a comedian that I want to be. I’m not ashamed to admit it though because Robin was like the Superman of stand-up comedy and I’m sure I’m not the only comedian who tried dressing up like him for an open-mic.
As I type this while tears stream down my face in the lobby of the Comfort Inn I’m staying at, I feel so overjoyed to see how people are processing their grief online by posting happy memories and pictures of Robin’s vast career.
Although I’m a tad concerned about how his cause of death, suicide, could rock any of the social media boats over. Suicide and depression are touchy topics that don’t have clear answers.
Everyone’s method of coping with both of those things is their own battle that they must face, unfortunately but truthfully, alone. How we, the concerned loved ones, handle the winning or losing battle is also unclear, but really whether I am a friend, family member, or lover I can only be a special force that comes when called for, no sooner. That is my answer though, such as it is, your answer is completely different I’m sure but the point isn’t that we should try to find one real answer about a topic that is unanswerable. The only way we should move forward is to keep fighting our battles the best way we can and to only help and guide others where help is needed. So I ask the world that we do not make Robin Williams a symbol for suicide prevention because in the end it will only hurt his loved ones by making them feel his death was preventable, which it probably wasn’t otherwise he’d still be here, and it’ll distract us from what really matters: the gifts and words Robin left behind. Appreciating his hard work is a healthier way to mourn than to trick ourselves into thinking that we can always stop our loved ones from killing themselves. Luckily Robin Williams had a long career filled of specials, movies, and interviews that we can enjoy forever.
So as we grieve and try to live on with Robin’s words in our hearts let’s avoid conflict, sit back, and laugh together as we watch the Superman of comedy take the screen. Robin Lives In Me!