It’s been a few days since the great actor, comedian and human being Robin Williams has passed away, losing his battle with depression at the age of 63. In the days that have followed his death fans across the globe, including myself, have been struggling to process the loss of such an incredible person.
But what I find so difficult to process is not the loss of the man but how the public has reacted to his death, and the manner in which it was reached.
Suicide is never an easy topic to broach and depression can be impossible to comprehend, even for those who suffer from it and the unintended consequences of a celebrities untimely death can be tipping the scale for those on the edge of taking their life.
What I have taken away from processing this dark event is that depression can be hidden, depression can dampen even the brightest lights, but until that day even the most battered human beings can bring light and joy into the world, whether to millions of fans or a single stranger.
Robin Williams is dead, he has given himself no more second chances, no more opportunities to better himself or others, and has committed no more sins. All that matters now is the participants, all of us who continue to endure, thrive or simply just to continue. Every day we make the choice to either push for a better day or let our past define us.
Although Robin William’s death may serve as example to another suicidal fatality, it is just as strong an example that at 63 Robin Williams proved that even when depression is not defeated it can be fought. For many to know that just fighting for another day is an option may just be enough to get to a light.
So go and delve into this mans talented past and let those that you love know they are loved and if you are fighting, never stop, it will get better