What Can We Learn From The Life Of Robin Williams

I did not know Robin Williams really…

Sure, I saw some of his films and saw him on television in the same way that millions of others did, and I thought he was extremely funny and a skilled actor, and maybe I even thought he was a little peculiar at times.

Being an American actor I would not have been surprised if he had drug or alcohol issues, but I really would not expect that someone like Robin Williams would take his own life.

The fact is he has … and now the media is in a frenzy about it all.

So Who Was The Real Robin Williams?

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Robin Williams became an overnight TV sensation playing Mork on Mork & Mindy.

In his first movie, Popeye, he starred as a comic-strip sailor, his chameleonic Genie in Aladdin ransacked the attic of comic caricatures and he had numerous roles that followed.

At the peak of his career he was a frequent guest on David Letterman’s show.

He could play funny parts, and serious roles too but the effort of juggling all those personalities must have been huge and it is said left him exhausted as well.

He died at his home in California at an age of 63 in an apparent suicide.

“Robin has been battling severe depression of late,” his publicist Mara Buxbaum said.

“This is a tragic and sudden loss.”

Robin Williams Was Human

Yes, it may sound obvious, but what I mean is underneath all that we saw publicly he was an ordinary bloke and we should never forget that those people with a high public profile were born in the same way that we all were, and have many of the same wants and needs as we do. More importantly they will encounter many of the same issues during their lives, but with a lot more expectation loaded onto them.

We may look at his lifestyle and wish we could have something similar, but I am sure he worked hard for what he had and we can only guess at the pressures that he had to deal with.

Robin Williams was not the first high profile person to suffer from depression and he will not be the last. In New Zealand we are lucky to have someone like John Kirwin that has made depression a little more acceptable and an issue that can be discussed, although it is still a subject that is rarely spoken about until after someone has gone.

Like Robin Williams, many people that suffer from depression are also great actors – they can go through life and everyone thinks that they are fine, but deep down they are struggling. They are just good actors and can keep that side of their life hidden from even those that are close to them.

Dealing With Depression

I guess we are all human and depression is a hard subject to talk about and most of us would not know how to deal with it.

As an insurance adviser I meet with people that have or are suffering from depression on a regular basis, and I still find it difficult to talk about. Each and every person is different and the cause of their depression or stress and anxiety can be completely different too, and sometimes quite horrible. But the people that I know that suffer from depression are those that have acknowledged it and are doing something about it.

I am sure there are many others that refuse to acknowledge the issues that may be caused by depression.

Personally I have some friends that I expect have suffered from depression to a greater or lesser degree, but at the time I did not recognise this or maybe just did not know how to approach it with them so instead just ignored it.

They say the first step in dealing with any issue is to acknowledge that there is an issue.

On A Positive Note

While many people will be sad with the passing of Robin Williams we need to also think that he would want us to celebrate his life.

Unfortunately death is one thing that will eventually get us all, so you need to make the most of your time on this planet and I believe that as Robin Williams arrives at the pearly gates he will look back on a very full life and a life that touched a huge number of people. Sure, he must have had some dark moments, but some of what he has done has brought so much joy to so many people and we should really be saying “thank you” Robin Williams for making our days on this earth a little more enjoyable.

I am not a golfer, but I do think this is one of the funniest video’s I have ever seen;

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Thank You Again!











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