The world was rocked this week with the passing of Robin Williams.
Yes, there are wars and fires raging around us and people passing from senseless acts of violence everyday and yet… so many are affected from his passing.
Robin gave the gift of laughter and stellar movie roles that lighten the load for us living in such uncertainty, turbulence and insanity which we deal with everyday.
A few in the media have commented about his means of leaving Earth as a “coward” and “selfish”. Hey, do not make comments like that until you have walked in my brother and sister’s shoes dude.
I myself in my lifetime have considered doing exactly what Robin did, though not in the same way.
I decided as I walked one night in the rain carrying a bundle of dry clothes from the Laundromat that now were getting soaked… to end it all. I was overwhelmed because life continued to deal me way too many things to cope with: divorce, repossession of my car, (with two payments left) and now, I am carrying heavy, soaking wet clothes! It was the straw that broke the camels and my back and I was done with trying to survive. “God, I cannot take anymore, the next car that comes down the road I am stepping out in front of it. I pray it will do me in instead of just maiming me.”
Headlights approached as I inched my way toward the curb. Just before the car reached me, it turned right at the corner!
You can imagine my surprise and knee-jerk reaction of “HUH?” Then, my consciousness is flooded with the awareness that my prayer had been answered with: 'Not happening, go on.'
Did things get better? No. However, the element of something greater than 'I' has filled my life with miracles and a loving guidance that helps me continue.
Who knows what demons in life that Robin Williams had to confront. I am one who knows how the consuming negativity of depression can control your life. If you are experiencing this also, please ask for help. There is a way through the darkness. You are loved.
Thank you Robin for all that you gave us, you will be missed beyond words.