Labels exist in many forms and whilst they are what is considered to be normal, that does not mean it is acceptable. Recently we lost a much loved actor and comedian Robin Williams. He committed suicide because he was depressed. He had been depressed for so many years and he like many other people in the past reached their breaking point. Robin reached that point and felt that he had no other option but to end his life. Robin Williams said that “suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems”.
I have heard several people label him as selfish and a coward because he chose to end his life, now I am going to make this clear, suicide is a intentional act to kill themselves but it is also a cry for help. Sometimes the victim succeeds and loses their life but other times they survive and it is a wake up call for them to seek the help that they need.
Robin William brought so much laughter and joy to generations of children and adults. He is and always will be one of my most favourite actors. His portrayal in Mrs Doubtfire is one of my favourites childhood films. He is without a doubt a very clever and talented actor but even famous people who have everything can suffer from depression, which is a mental illness.
Depression doesn’t discriminate; it can affect anyone and everyone. I implore anyone who is depressed and cant find a way out of that depression, to seek help, to talk to someone and get help. Some members of general public can look it upon as shameful but until they have walked a mile in your shoes, they will never ever be able to judge you. Some people who have never been depressed also can never judge you but they can be good for listening. People are human, and depression is a human illness, it is also a mental illness but if you need help. Please seek it!
Robin Williams made a choice and now he’s at peace from the demons that haunted him. It just goes to show, a man who made so many children, teenagers and adult laugh and smile with him was hurting so deeply that he felt no other option. It is in our human nature to judge people as soon as we meet them but we can never presume to label someone for this kind of act. Until we reach that point and I hope none of you feel the emotional pain that leads to suicide but until we theoretically do, we can’t judge another human being for doing that. Everyone has a right to their views, I won’t say you cant do that but please don’t label people. They are not you and you are not them either.
I don’t see Robin Williams as a coward, I see him as a man who struggled and in the end felt he had no choice but to end the pain and to finally feel some semblance of peace.
Don’t remember him for his death but remember him in his films, every time you go and watch a film of his, smile and laugh with him, and I am sure he will be laughing along with you. Let his legacy carry on with laughter and smiles, repay him back by smiling and laughing.
RIP Robin Williams. We all miss you. You’re gone but never forgotten. Make Him laugh up there too!
Now to end this post with my favourite line from Mrs Doubtfire:
“You know, some parents, when they’re angry, they get along much better when they don’t live together. They don’t fight all the time, and they can become better people, and much better mummies and daddies for you. And sometimes they get back together. And sometimes they don’t, dear. And if they don’t, don’t blame yourself. Just because they don’t love each other anymore, doesn’t mean that they don’t love you. There are all sorts of different families, Katie. Some families have one mommy, some families have one daddy, or two families. And some children live with their uncle or aunt. Some live with their grandparents, and some children live with foster parents. And some live in separate homes, in separate neighborhoods, in different areas of the country – and they may not see each other for days, or weeks, months… even years at a time. But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever. All my love to you poppet, you’re going to be alright… bye bye.”