OHHH and then fourth graders told me I looked like I was a student
FOURTH GRADERS TOLD ME I LOOKED LIKE A KID
Passing out is weird and it’s my first week at a new job and of course this would happen this Monday, and now I have to go to the doctor and I hate going to the doctor and UGH OVERWHELMED
If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.
Other people are going to find healing in your wounds.
the best part about being in your 20’s is slowly caring less and less about what people think of you and surrounding yourself with good people
the worst is that I’m broke
so there’s this awesome conversation going down on twitter right now about depression, anxiety, mental illness, pain, suffering all in the context of faith and God and the church and what is not helpful and what is.
so good. if you spend your days and nights fighting mental illness and are constantly told it’s your fault and you don’t have enough faith. if you were one of the people who told someone they don’t have enough faith. if you don’t understand mental illness but want to. if you understand it and want to not feel so alone. check out #faithinthefog.
Close your eyes.
From Hook to Jumanji to Dead Poet’s Society
With wonder and fantasy and passion
Your joy became watercolor poetry that filled
in the sun and made people everywhere
believe in themselves and believe in life.
We’ve seen you weep and stand on a desk to view the world differently.
We’ve seen you fight for what you wanted and desired.
Maybe these were just characters, but you brought them to life.
I don’t know your middle name or your wife’s name or how you felt the first moment you realized you were famous or the first time you felt alive,
but I know you were sixty-three when you felt the desks collapse and
the walls close in and suddenly we remembered you were fighting a battle, too.
Suddenly we feel an absence we hadn’t felt before.
Suddenly we feel a sadness we do not know how to describe.
We’re all fighting battles and we realize that with your passing
and we’re sorry you had to leave.
You made us laugh and you made us weep and you made
us stand in our movie theatre seats and raise our fists to a life worth living.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN, we will remember you.
everyone watch a robin williams movie tonight. watch mrs doubtfire or jumanji or aladdin and relive your youth. watch good will hunting or dead poet’s society and let yourself be taught. laugh. cry. remember that there’s always people who care, people who are willing to help, and people who love. remember robin williams and the verse that he contributed.
And THIS. This is why we loved Robin Williams. I have so many more words to say, and you can say what you like about how America mourns celebrities they don’t even know, but man. He means a lot and his voice and verse mean a lot to so many. And that’s worth commemorating.