Death is weird. Even though I’ve known many people who have passed, it’s always still just so foreign of an idea that someone is gone forever, since I haven’t experienced it myself. It’s harder when you know the person closely, and it’s weirder when you don’t. What’s an appropriate reaction to someone’s death whom you’ve never met? Is it ok to write a blog post? Is it fine to cry about someone you’ve never had contact with? Is it more respectful to just keep it to yourself and move on? Death is weird. I don’t know why I’m affected so much by the passing of Robin Williams (celebrity deaths normally don’t hit me hard like this), but I am. It’s probably a combination of things. The timing, the way, the fact that someone who brought so much joy to so many people that he didn’t even know chose to end his life by his own hand. Maybe it’s that I don’t know if his death could have been preventable. I’ve never experienced suicidal thoughts and I don’t know if something like this is curable or just an inevitable conclusion to something that been building inside.
If you’re reading this, just know that someone out there loves you and wants you to stick around. Maybe you don’t know it, but people care about you.
If you’re hurting, tell someone. Ride it out. If life has taught me anything, it’s that things will pass. Bad feelings, good feelings, everything will eventually come and go. Don’t give up on the good when the bad is all that’s in sight.
Rest in peace, Robin McLaurin Williams. You will be very much missed. To celebrate his life, here is one of my favorite stand up routines by him.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)