One of my favorite childhood movies is Mrs. Doubtfire. It’s my favorite for many reasons. But one is because of Robin William’s astonishing acting. Having a film that depicted divorce in the 90’s resounded with me because at that time, that’s exactly what I was going through. It helped me understand what my family was going through, and help me cope with the fact that what my family was going through, wasn’t the only one.
Many Robin William’s fans will be remembering him through their favorite character or film. I have many favorite Robin William favorites. The Birdcage, a comedic work of genius starring beside Nathan Lane. Aladdin, another great childhood favorite. There are classics like Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society. Even, dark films like One Hour Photo. The best were his cameo performances like in Nine Months, or License To Wed and especially playing a drunk Priest in Big Family Wedding. No matter what film he was in, he shined. His roles and performances are one of a kind and they touched so many lives. President Obama in a statement said it best.
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets”.
(Statement by the President on the Passing of Robin Williams)
He has made us laugh. And sometimes the ones who make us laugh the most, are hiding secrets of their own.
With his death, comes questions, and with those questions come criticism. But without knowing that thoughts of suicide is a form of depression, you cannot cast ignorance or judgement.
I too suffered from depression of my own. I was much younger, 11 to be exact. I felt lonely and could make friends when my mother moved us across the ocean from Hawaii to Galveston, Texas to start a new life with her new boyfriend. We were far from family and I couldn’t make friends as easy as I usually do. I refused to attend school and the one option in my mind that I had, was hanging myself. My mother of course seeked the help that I needed and I was treated for my depression. Now I am here to share my story.
Now, I cannot and don’t intend to speak on his behalf, because I didn’t know him personally, I didn’t know his personal challenges and his reason for depression. But I do know that there is always a reason why and a battle that’s dark and lonely.
No matter his reason of unhappiness, I do know this. Happiness is the real success, and everything else, no matter what it may be-is just a blessing.
Robin Williams, has done so much for the world we live in. He entertained us for over a century. He made us laugh and cry. He touched our lives in so many ways. With his work with St. Jude’s Hospital for sick children, to entertaining our Troops over seas. He inspired and mentored young comedians and taught us that laughter can make you smile.
His work is forever entombed in his films and I am grateful to have been on this earth, the same time he was on it. He will be greatly missed.
He is truly one of a kind and will never be replaced. May he forever rest in peace, and his legacy live on in those he made smile.
"All my love to you, poppet, you’re going to be all right… bye-bye". -Mrs. Doubtfire
I’m not religious, But I consider myself Agnostic. I sometimes I post things against abusive religious power, ie. huge churches, tax the Church (mainly large), extremist, etc.. Many of my friends are Christian and Catholic, some are Buddhist, Muslim, and yes, satanic. And the rest are Atheist. I respect every single religion and no religious, because I take what I know is right in my heart and use that to take into the world. I’m NOT perfect, and don’t think I would want to waste my energy, and Sunday, or any sabbath day to ONE religion. I was baptized as a Catholic, and raised Christian. I left the Church, simply because the Church I was attending, didn’t accept homosexuality.
It took my mom years to come around and realize that, no matter what-she loved me and she knew God loved me. And that was enough for her. I believe the same thing. No matter who you are, what you believe, who you love I know you are loved by what ever God you believe in.
Today, like centuries before us-wars are fought because of religion. We see it today in Israel and Gaza. We also see it in Iraq, in Egypt and other regions around the world.
Even though I don’t 100% agree with my religious friends, I still learn from their beliefs. I believe we all can learn from every faith. I believe if we all coexist, we can create a better world for the human race.
I learn from all of you. I hope you can learn from me too.
Big Weekend Backstage Karaoke!
Love this! Love Britian! Love the people!
I seen a rainbow yesterday
But too many storms have come and gone
Leavin’ a trace of not one God-given ray
Is it because my life is ten shades of gray
I pray all ten fade away
Seldom praise Him for the sunny days
And like His promise is true
Only my faith can undo
The many chances I blew
To bring my life to anew
Clear blue and unconditional skies
Have dried the tears from my eyes
No more lonely cries
My only bleedin’ hope
Is for the folk who can’t cope
With such an endurin’ pain
That it keeps ‘em in the pourin’ rain
Who’s to blame
For tootin’ ‘caine into your own vein
What a shame
You shoot and aim for someone else’s brain
You claim the insane
And name this day in time
For fallin’ prey to crime
I say the system got you victim to your own mind
Dreams are hopeless aspirations
In hopes of comin’ true
Believe in yourself
The rest is up to me and you
-Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez