Robin Williams was many things to many people. He was a stand-up comedian, an actor, and an all-around good person. But he had a secret persona, following him wherever he went. Robin Williams was severely depressed. Depression has grim effects which present themselves in many different forms, and our society can stigmatize those it affects. This included Robin Williams, who suffered from alcoholism. The sad reality is that many people use alcohol to self-medicate their depression.
Self-medication is a serious way someone with depression can induce self–harm.
Robin Williams had also recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, which could have led to a significant increase in his depressed feelings. Illness can be both physical and mental. Tragedy and Comedy often go hand-in-hand. That is, those with a comedic gift often have tragic lives. Robin Williams was an extreme example of this phenomenon. He was a man with a beautiful gift, the ability to touch hearts, and make others who were suffering smile. But he was also a man with a curse, he walked around with deep sorrow.
On August 11, 2014, Robin Williams ended his life, but this did not remove him and his penchant for making us smile from the world. In fact, his death saw a re-emergence of many of his films and his specials. Robin Williams’ death was tragic in that it removed a comedic genius from our midst. Williams’ comedic genius transcended his deep sorrow.
Despite his dark and sad exit from the world, Robin Williams will always be remembered as someone who cured the emotional pain of others through his comedy. It takes courage to put on the facade that he did, and bravery to be able to make other people happy despite his own pain. Let us remember Robin Williams for the comedy he brought into the world and the genius he strived to show us.