I am still processing the death of Robin Williams. It still seems impossible that he is gone. The legacy he leaves that's so important is not only all the comedy and laughter, but it's the national conversation about Depression and Suicide.
I really like what Dennis Miller had to say about his friend. He said if someone as kind and loving as Robin could get to the place where suicide seems to be the only option, then anyone can. We need to be more vigilant. We need to reach out to people who seem to be hurting enough to hurt themselves.
I believe in an afterlife. I know without any doubt that death is simply a doorway to a different plane of existence, one we will never really be able to fully comprehend until we die, but that's OK. I take comfort in knowing Robin is in a place of peace and happiness, and he is out of pain.
I've heard people say that suicide is a cowardly act. Nothing could be more wrong. It's the act of someone who simply sees no other way out of pain. It's a desperate act. I can only feel pity for someone in that state.
The most important thing we can teach our kids is that if they are feeling depressed, like there is no way out of a dark place, then they MUST reach out. They must not isolate themselves. They must talk to someone - if not a psychologist then a parent, friend, pastor - SOMEONE.
What we forget sometimes is that we had to learn how to cope, and our children have to learn, too. They have to have good strategies to deal with their feelings, so they won't self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. That's the most important thing we can do for them, is teach them ways to cope with all the setbacks and heartbreaks in life.
I have friends who suffer from clinical depression. It can be debilitating. If Robin Williams' death can be seen in any positive way, let's try this: depressed people deserve compassion. Let's keep the national conversation going. Let's look at Depression as a reason to reach out, not back away.
Let's honor Robin by becoming saviors to each other, and save lives.
I don't want to close on a sad note, however. I want everyone to celebrate what a unique talent Robin had, and I want us to keep laughing.
My mama always says - If you don't laugh, you'll cry. Laughing is better.
This is one of his funniest routines, about the invention of golf. NOTE: language is not PC...