On August 11th 2014 the world lost a valuable person. I don’t want to remember this day as a sad day, I don’t think that Robin Williams would want that. I know it wasn’t a happy day either, because Robin Williams gave his life. No matter how his end came, I can not agree to it being a suicide.
I may not have known the man personally, but I would love to think that I knew him through what he portrayed. He was a great actor, a phenomenal comedian, and appeared to be an all around good guy. He played a gamut of characters that were both lively and disgusting; and he played them well. He poked fun at himself with his stand up routines. He made us think with some of the things he said. He was truly real to all of us, though we may never have noticed it. He created a mold and destroyed it in a single try. He did a lot of the same things that we mere mortals do and take for granted. There is no telling how hard his life must have been living where he lived; and I don’t mean his house either.
If it was truly a suicide, I am not saddened by it, nor do I think less of him because of it. It may be seen as taking the easy way out by almost all of us; but as someone who has attempted it myself… I can only see the strength of someone trying to die. Though I do agree it’s not the best way to go, I have to give Robin a little credit. He lived a life in the public eye, he will be forever known for who he played rather than who he was. I am sure that his wives knew him better than most of us, and I am sure that they would have some stories to say about the man whom we idolized so much. Things feel so much harder than they actually are when you have people watching your every move, listening in on your every conversation, and dictating how things should be done and why.
So while I took the 12th of August away from the norm, I spent it watching everything I could that had Robin in it. From the Disney movies with our children, to the old favorites of my wifes and mine. I know that Robin is now forever gone, but he will be remembered; and probably remembered for an eternity as someone who wielded a powerful tool, a destructive weapon, something that no one is immune to; he wielded our emotions. He did so with such panache and grace that we loved him for it. Though it is saddening to know that he has left us behind, and how he decided to go; as long as we remember him for what he did for us, he will never be truly damned by us.
From the family at OBM, we send our love, our prayers, and our sympathies to the families circling our dearly departed Robin Williams.