The mark that Robin Williams left on Hollywood is one that is wide-spread and filled with laughter.
We still can't believe he's actually gone.
As most turn to remember him for the happy-go-lucky comedian that he was, we're also reminded that he was clearly struggling with many demons.
Russell Brand wrote a particularly important piece in The Guardian that brought up a lot of important points.
He touched on the impact Robin had on himself and on the world, but also reminds everyone about the realities of struggling with something like depression. He wrote:
'Robin Williams was exciting to me because he seemed to be sat upon a geyser of comedy. Like he didn’t manufacture it laboriously within but had only to open a valve and it would come bursting through in effervescent jets. He was plugged into the mains of comedy…
When someone gets to 63 I imagined, hoped, I suppose, that maturity would grant an immunity to adolescent notions of suicide but today I read that suicide isn’t exclusively a young man’s game. Robin Williams at 63 still hadn’t come to terms with being Robin Williams…
What I might do is watch Mrs Doubtfire. Or Dead Poets Society or Good Will Hunting and I might be nice to people, mindful today how fragile we all are, how delicate we are, even when fizzing with divine madness that seems like it will never expire.'
Such an important point to make.
No matter how happy or talented or smart someone seems, you don't know what they're battling on the inside.
You can read Russell's entire essay in The Guardian right HERE if you wish.
Rest in peace, Robin.
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