No one will ever know why Robin Williams took his own life. That is not for us to know. However, for us to even entertain the suggestion that disability was the primary contributing factor is shameful, telling and chilling all at once.
While we don't know what happens when our spirit leaves our bodies, I know that what connects us all are the stories that people keep in their hearts. This is their legacy. What do you want your legacy to be?
Mork from Ork taught me the importance of humor in all situations, plus the fashion genius of rainbow-colored suspenders.
I think of Williams and many of the characters he has "acted" throughout his extraordinary career, and how they found a place for me to feel at home in a culture whose history is most basically about the up-rooting of the very concept of "home."
We can speculate, and we can mourn. In fact, it is important to mourn. It is also important to learn -- to learn from this devastation so we can help ourselves and our loved ones.
Robin Williams infused genuine pathos into complex characters. He could split your gut with laughter in one movie, then cross the comic chasm and mercilessly tug on your heartstrings in the next. Williams was both a worthy hero and a convincing villain.
That's the thing about depression: When you are in it, people around you seem happy. They seem to have it together. And if you suffer, the last thing you want to do is take their happiness away or bring them down. You feel like a burden to those around you.
As my heart aches from the untimely death of Robin Williams, I decided I'd tell my own story about depression. I hope it will ignite a much-needed dia...
I normally don't pay much attention to what happens to celebrities. But Robin Williams' apparent suicide has left me with a grief I have not experienced over the death of anyone else I never knew personally.
It should be you, as a parent, who talks to them -- especially if your own child has struggled with depression, or other mental health issues.
I don't know how my husband knew exactly what to do. I'm not even sure he knew what he was doing at the time. But when I look back on those dark months, I realize there were steps Dustin took that led to to the dark cloud lifting.
Although I'm aware that creative, bright, and humorous people are as susceptible as anyone (maybe even more susceptible) to depression, there's something about the uniqueness of Robin Williams' gifts that makes me wish he could have been spared emotional anguish.
In my role as a minister, I have counseled many who suffer from depression. But I speak from personal experience as well, for I have dealt with depression off and on all of my adult life.
Death, dying, and grieving brings up fear and anxiety for many children and adults. Sometimes adults aren't sure how to talk about death, or, in this case, suicide with their children and the children in their lives.
To most, Robin Williams' suicide was a shock of epic proportion. I do not know why it wasn't that way for me. Instead, I felt an overwhelming sense of "Ah yes, Robin, I understand, though I wish it weren't so."