Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Goodbye Mork... Popeye... Genie....(I hate depression)

I know these sorts of posts are going to be popping up everywhere today...

I can't help but post one myself.  I'm just so sad about the loss of Robin Williams.

I was cleaning up my kitchen & had the TV on.  I hear the "Breaking News" come in & my mind instantly went to, "This is it. We're in World War III" - I don't know why I instantly thought that, but that was my gut reaction.

I ran to the TV & saw the statement below the reporter that said, "Robin Williams Dead at 63"

There was a split second there that I was like, "Who is Robin Williams?" only because I knew who Robin Williams is, but it couldn't be THAT Robin Williams.  Maybe it was some politician that I don't know about...

& then his face pops up... & I screamed downstairs to tell Ricky. 

I couldn't believe it....

& then to hear the cause of death.

Apparent suicide.

I always say that I believe most comedians have or deal with depression.  How do I know?  Because I have/still do deal with depression.  I was on medicine for years for it.  That always surprises people because they say, "You're always so happy - so bubbly - so outgoing".... making people laugh is a good way to cover how you really feel inside...

... & depression eats you up inside...

I could talk for an hour on that topic.  & things like this brings the pain of depression to light.

I kept seeing posts all over Twitter about "Tell someone" ... "Talk to someone"... people don't get when you are depressed, you don't feel like you CAN talk to someone.  You feel like no one understands.  There is just a void. 

& I imagine that's where Robin Williams was obviously was.

I immediately thought of all the things over the years I have loved watching him in.

I'm a child of the 70's & a teen of the 80's.... I have had Robin Williams in my life for a long time.  I even talked not too long ago how I still have my Mork from Ork transistor radio... Ricky actually uses it around the house.  Who needs an iPod when you have static sounding radio from a spaceship egg?

& I remember as a teen, a movie that I was so excited about.  I even recorded the music on my tape player all the songs from the movie Popeye.  He was the perfect person to bring the character to life.  I saw that one in the theater. 

Ricky & I had our first date going to see a Robin William's movie - Toys ...

& Ricky & I both loved Hook.  Peter Pan grown up?  Every time it's on, we have to watch it....

There were so many movies when you look at his list that I forgot about & was like, "Oh yeah - I love that movie"

One of my favorites was Bicentennial Man where he was a robot who over the years served a family & became more 'human' as the years passed by. 

& the movie, Awakenings ... we saw Robin was amazing at drama.  This movie just tears me up.  But another one I'll watch over & over again.

Some other amazing movies


Patch Adams

The Birdcage

Mrs. Doubtfire

& of course, being a huge Disney fan, the first thing I thought of was Aladdin.... our Genie...

I was hearing stories on the news about how he treated his friends in real life as well.  How when Christopher Reeve had his accident leaving him paralyzed, Robin snuck in dressed in scrubs to go make him laugh.

I think that saddest part for me is just to know that one of our country's funniest people seem to find no hope in his own life...

I saw a tweet last night that made me smile.  It said something like, "If God is gracious & has any sense of humor at all, he'll greet Robin with his face covered & say, HELLLOOOO"

I pray there's peace for him wherever he's at now...
What is your favorite Robin Williams movie?


  1. Like you, I've "known" Robin from the beginning of his career. He's been one of those faces who has always been there. It felt like we knew him because we've seen so much of him for so long.

    Obviously, we didn't know him at all. Not the real him, the things that really made him smile, the demons that tormented him into thinking this ending was the only answer, the only escape.

    I saw a post last night commenting on how all the social medias were exploding with love and shock and memories of how Robin had touched lives. The writer said he wished Robin could have seen this before taking his life, that maybe it would have changed his mind. All I could think was that in his frame of mind he would most likely not have believed it.

    I hope and pray that he has peace, but as a Christian I just don't know. I know he was a good, good man, but the question is....was he a saved man?

    Goodbye Peter Pan. That's the way I choose to remember him...that unique combination of grown man and child that Robin was so very good at.

  2. I think they'd take away my Bachelors in English if I didn't say Dead Poets Society.

    He was a gift and will be missed.

  3. The Birdcage and Patch Adams. I just watched The Birdcage over the weekend....I'm just saddened terribly by his death. One of my friends posted "even the brightest stars hide the darkest secrets" and that couldn't be more true.

  4. I was also so saddened to hear about his death. He was such a talented actor and comedian and I have so many memories of so many of his movies-- even Flubber was a favorite with my brother and I when we were younger!

  5. I said this on Fb last night - I don't think I've ever hurt so much over a celebrity's death. So heart breaking. And you're right, the cause of death on top of it. Having lost two loved ones to suicide my heart is breaking for his family. And as a depression sufferer myself, I ache knowing he fought the pain for so long. I grew up on his jokes, his characters and the laughter he brought. Such a terrible loss.

  6. I thought Nick was joking when he came home and told me about this last night. I just couldn't believe it. I don't normally feel affected by celebrity deaths (as terrible as that sounds) but this one hit hard.. it feels like I lost a childhood friend. Saying so many prayers for his family and friends!

  7. A true loss to the world - very sad to have heard the news yesterday and like you I couldn't believe it...

  8. So so heartbreaking. I just hate it, the world lost someone so special for sure :( Mrs. Doubtfire was my favorite movie of his.

  9. Very sad indeed. Depression is a terrible thing...


  10. I'm not going to lie - this is the first "celebrity death" that hit me hard. He will be missed.

    I went through a period of "depression" after my dad passed away. I put the quotes there because I know now it wasn't true depression - I was just missing my dad and was in the dumps. But I came out of it and I feel like those who truly suffer from depression can't snap out of it like I did.

    I have so many favorite Robin Williams movies -- The Fisher King is a big favorite, plus Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning, Vietnam ... so many others.

    Again, he will be missed. :(

  11. Such a terrible loss. No one is excluded from depression, this just goes to show that once again. :/

  12. patch adams was my favorite. Williams was clearly gifted as a funny man, but I loved his serious roles. It was so sad when I heard too. So many artists seem to struggle with depression. They must feel the pressure to be 'on' all the time. Such a loss. I pray he is at peace.


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