I didn’t know Robin Williams personally. I’m sure that I wasn’t even among his greatest fans. As a kid, I loved him as Mork. As a teen I loved him as John Keating in Dead Poets Society. As an adult, I appreciated his immense talent to make people laugh.
Robin Williams seemed to have a certain magic. He was able to play any role whether silly or serious. In most of his movies he would do both. He’d make you laugh, he’d make you cry. And one might argue that through whatever role he was playing, he’d give you a glimpse into who he was.
I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.
This line, said by Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poets Society, represented the artist in him.
Robin Williams saw the world from a different perspective. Battling depression, his highs were higher than ours. He fearlessly visited the spheres of the genies, picked an abundance of the fruits of laughter and brought them down for us to enjoy.
But his lows were also lower than ours. And perhaps, as his fans, like one tzaddik, we should have told him how much he contributed to our lives.
When tragedy strikes, one must look inwards. Because we have more power than we think.
Robin Williams was a man who lived his life for others. And we can perpetuate the goodness and laughter that he brought to this world by being more aware, and by being more generous with our smiles and kind words.