"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." --Robin Williams
I was at the end of my work day yesterday when I saw a notification from one of my news apps on my phone alerting me about Robin Williams' death. I was shocked and saddened. It's weird when you hear about celebrities dying. It's like you lose someone you know, albeit not personally, but it still feels personal nonetheless. So many people I know have favorite movies like Hook and Aladdin, because that's what we grew up on. I've seen so many posts that say "Genie, you're free." Seeing that almost makes it even more sad to me, especially as a Disney buff.
I know there's a lot going on in the world, and we mere mortals hang on to stuff that sometimes doesn't matter such as celebrity gossip. However, this is one of those things I feel that we can be sad about for a short time, mourn, and then go on. But I also think we need to be especially aware due to his death being a suicide. My boyfriend said, "I don't understand when people take their lives, especially people who the world over loves and admires..." But, so many people suffer from depression or similar illnesses and don't get help. There are so many help lines out there for people to call when the temptation arises. At the risk of sounding like a TV commercial, I want to put it out there that if you or someone you know are suffering from depression or other illnesses or addictions, or you just need help and someone to talk to, please see this compiled list that I've seen several times going around on Tumblr.
To the fans, friends and family of Robin Williams, my condolences.