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Not You, Robin Williams

Original article at Muncie Matters.

The headlines read, on the morning of August 12th:

Robin Williams, 63; Gone.

This wasn’t how your story was supposed to end, Mr. Williams.

There are moving tributes and a media circus, complete with hash-tags like #riprobinwilliams and statements given from those who knew you well and some who never knew you at all.

But it is asked now:

What about your home planet, Mork?  Aren’t you going to miss it?

What about all those patients you helped to be free for a little while, when they were hopelessly trapped inside themselves, Dr. Sayer?

What about reminding us that “The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and that is what needs to be nourished, with work, with play, with friends and family. These are the things that matter. This is what we have forgotten. The simplest things. ” 

What about your journey as Chris Nielsen, through Hell to save your wife from from the pit of Hades to bring her back with you to all the happy dreams and your children in Heaven? Was this for nothing?

Professor Keating, what about your students- after having reminded them of the reasons to live? “That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse.” He asked them: “What will your verse be? “

What about all the troops you saved from loneliness and despair, Cronauer?

What about all the life stories you have memorialized and for which you were the guardian? Who will guard them now? Who will tell Alan Hackman’s story?

What about Neverland? What about Wendy, Jack and all the others?  Who will keep Hook at bay from the boys, Peter?

Make-believe Peter wouldn’t have just quit.

The movie-you can’t just quit.  Not you, Robin Williams.

But the real you did- and we are sorry we couldn’t save you from the despair from which you saved us.

Robin Williams, the actor, inspired the masses with his piercing, sparkling blue eyes, replacing our pain with laughter, giving everything he had to his craft, with broad dynamics that filled every corner of human emotion on screen.   He freely pulled profound forever-laughter from all within sight or earshot.

He needed us to laugh, like we all need oxygen to breathe and like a fire, that oxidized laughter made his fire grow with might and it burned brightly, as he gave more and more of himself.

A mighty fire can’t burn forever.

But Robin Williams, the man, aside from the comedy, film and storytelling savant- was a human being, a friend, a husband, a father privately in pain and needed to be saved, himself- from the depths of depression-from which his craft was born; his manic highs were captured on screen and his lows were sheltered away in private, though some were caught in some of his darker films, like One Hour Photo and Insomnia, among others.

Robin Williams perhaps wanted to be free of all the wonderfully perfect fiction that no Earthly person could ever possibly live up to.

Like Aladdin’s Genie trapped in a lamp, after having granted wish after wish of laughter, Robin Williams succumbed to the fate of the others he so desperately tried to save, on screen.

Now he is free of his lamp.

Let us look after those who are low and blue, because even if our lamps sometime constrain, and life gets really, really hard- it is still….life, and it’s the only one we have.

There was only one Robin Williams and there is only one of you.

What he left behind are those who adore and will forever miss him.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”- Robin Williams

500px-RobinTwoHead02

The headlines read, on the morning of August 12th:

Robin Williams, 63; Gone.

Suicide.

This wasn’t how your story was supposed to end, Mr. Williams.

There are moving tributes and a media circus, complete with hash-tags like #riprobinwilliams and statements given from those who knew you well and some who never knew you at all.

But it is asked now:

What about your home planet, Mork?  Aren’t you going to miss it?

What about all those patients you helped to be free for a little while, when they were hopelessly trapped inside themselves, Dr. Sayer?

What about reminding us that “The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and that is what needs to be nourished, with work, with play, with friends and family. These are the things that matter. This is what we have forgotten. The simplest things. ” 

What about your journey as Chris Nielsen, through Hell to save your wife from from the pit of Hades to bring her back with you to all the happy dreams and your children in Heaven? Was this for nothing?

Professor Keating, what about your students- after having reminded them of the reasons to live? “That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse.” He asked them: “What will your verse be? “

What about all the troops you saved from loneliness and despair, Cronauer?

What about all the life stories you have memorialized and for which you were the guardian? Who will guard them now? Who will tell Alan Hackman’s story?

What about Neverland? What about Wendy, Jack and all the others?  Who will keep Hook at bay from the boys, Peter?

Make-believe Peter wouldn’t have just quit.

The movie-you can’t just quit.  Not you, Robin Williams.

But the real you did- and we are sorry we couldn’t save you from the despair from which you saved us.

Robin Williams, the actor, inspired the masses with his piercing, sparkling blue eyes, replacing our pain with laughter, giving everything he had to his craft, with broad dynamics that filled every corner of human emotion on screen.   He freely pulled profound forever-laughter from all within sight or earshot.

He needed us to laugh, like we all need oxygen to breathe and like a fire, that oxidized laughter made his fire grow with might and it burned brightly, as he gave more and more of himself.

A mighty fire can’t burn forever.

But Robin Williams, the man, aside from the comedy, film and storytelling savant- was a human being, a friend, a husband, a father privately in pain and needed to be saved, himself- from the depths of depression-from which his craft was born; his manic highs were captured on screen and his lows were sheltered away in private, though some were caught in some of his darker films, like One Hour Photo and Insomnia, among others.

Robin Williams perhaps wanted to be free of all the wonderfully perfect fiction that no Earthly person could ever possibly live up to.

Like Aladdin’s Genie trapped in a lamp, after having granted wish after wish of laughter, Robin Williams succumbed to the fate of the others he so desperately tried to save, on screen.

Now he is free of his lamp.

Let us look after those who are low and blue, because even if our lamps sometime constrain, and life gets really, really hard- it is still….life, and it’s the only one we have.

There was only one Robin Williams and there is only one of you.

What he left behind are those who adore and will forever miss him.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”- Robin Williams

500px-RobinTwoHead02

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