Robin Williams R.I.P.
Robin McLaurin Williams July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014 was an American actor, stand-up comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy.
Nanoo Nanoo and the theme tune from Mork & Mindy have been playing on a loop in my head since I heard the sad news.
According to his publicist, Williams suffered from depression.
Everyone has ups and downs – sometimes you might feel a bit low, or experience grief when you lose someone you love. It is common for people to say that they are ‘depressed’ when they are feeling down, but this does not mean that they have depression.
Depression is a long lasting low mood that affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure, or take interest in activities.
- a mental illness that is recognised worldwide.
- common. It affects about one in ten of us.
- something that anyone can get.
Depression is not:
- something you can ‘snap out of.’
- a sign of weakness.
- something that everyone experiences.
- something that lasts forever.
How common is depression?
Depression can affect people of any age, including children, and it is one of the most common mental illnesses. About one in ten people will be diagnosed with depression in their life. The number of people who actually experience depression may be higher than this. More women are diagnosed than men. This could be because women are more likely to seek help.
In mid-2014, Williams had admitted himself into the Hazelden Foundation Addiction Treatment Center in Lindstrom, Minnesota, for continued sobriety treatment related to his alcoholism.
While acknowledging his failure to maintain sobriety, Williams would never return to use of cocaine, declaring in a 2010 interview:
“No. Cocaine – paranoid and impotent, what fun. There was no bit of me thinking, ooh, let’s go back to that. Useless conversations until midnight, waking up at dawn feeling like a vampire on a day pass. No.”
Williams gave JOY to millions.
Coverage of celebrity suicide should be handled with care, says Marc Bryant from the Mindframe National Media Initiative
When such a bright light goes out in this world, we are invited to again go within and look at the spiritual significance of life, and death.
We are asked to remember, and embrace, and love, the nature of our dualistic universe.
We may resist death but, ultimately, death gives our life significance. It helps to remember how precious each life is, and to celebrate each and every moment of the our ‘eternal now’.
Perhaps these insightful quotes will be a balm to those who have felt his passing the most deeply.
“…at the moment of your death you will realize the greatest freedom, the greatest peace, the greatest joy, and the greatest love you have ever known.” Conversations with God.
“The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.” Osho
Robin Williams lived his life fully, and brought joy to countless millions through his presence here; let us remember him with JOY, as his wife Susan Schneider asked us to.
R.I.P Robin Williams – Thank you for the JOY and laughter.
Mork was actually first introduced on, of all shows, Happy Days, as a nasal-voiced alien intent on kidnapping Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard. As Mork himself would say: “Shazbot.”
Thought provoking comment from
When clinical depression merges with a spiritual crisis, that’s when the psyche loses its capacity to breath, to remain connected to the life force in any vital way. A crisis of the spirit – of the soul – shatters one’s connection to purpose and meaning, to feeling hope itself. We have grown increasingly complex over these past decades, focusing more and more on the world behind our eyes as much if not more than the world in front of our eyes. We have awakened intuitive, emotional, and numerous other senses, all of which have animated our psychic boundaries in ways previously unknown to human nature. Suffice to say that many of the sufferings of the mind are not just a product of one’s personal life but of not realizing the full extent of one’s own energetic nature.
I know nothing at all about Robin Williams other than seeing a few of his films and some of his stand up comic routines on television. But I gathered from those stand up routines that he was a man who paid attention to the events going on in this world. His satire took aim at political folly and global-sized problems, asking which was worse, the problems or the problem-solvers? In other words, Williams had his finger on the pulse of world events. He may well have had everything that money could buy, except solutions to these predicaments that plagued his soul. I am merely speculating, you understand, but he was not a shallow man. He was a thinker, a man whose art demanded he pay attention to what mattered to people. He was also by his own admission an addict and perhaps even bi-polar – who knows. But those diagnoses do not diminish his capacity to observe the world around him; indeed, as I have witnessed with many people who battle mental and emotional sufferings, some of their pain is rooted in their astute powers of observation and not just from their personal lives. All pain is not personal. A spiritual crisis can look like depression. It has many of the same inner sufferings, but the differences are very profound. Unfortunately we cannot ask a suicide victim any of the essential questions that would help one discern whether he is suffering from clinical depression or experiencing a spiritual crisis. Let me offer this prayer for all those who are coping with depression, “My prayer on this day is that I receive the graces of hope and fortitude during this time in my life. Help me to make it through those moments when I feel like giving up. Hover over me, God, with guidance through my thoughts and through my dreams.”
“Our life’s a stage, a comedy: either learn to play and take it lightly, or bear its troubles patiently.” – Palladas
Remember the JOY (¯`♥´¯) .✫´ LOVE Robin Williams R.I.P.