We had pretty strict limits on our television viewing as kids, so when I discovered Mork and Mindy reruns, I had to sneak into the basement and watch them with the volume turned down very low to avoid detection. The only problem was that I couldn’t resist laughing at the hilarity, which frequently blew my cover.
Robin Williams’ antics opened me up to my love of weirdness and crazy humor. He was incandescent and irrepressible. Who can come up with the right words?
One might question what it means for the world to mourn the death of a single man so much — and when so many are dying around the world. But, each life is a precious light and we cannot help but mourn the loss of a light that has warmed us. And of course, Robin Williams was a man who brought much joy and laughter to many. And the sadness was likely part of what made his comic genius so sweet.
When you love someone with depression, this is what you fear the most: that a moment will come when the distorted lens through which that dear one sees will become too much. Depression is a wretched disease that steals far too many lives.
In celebration of the light, in celebration of the brave battles being fought daily by all of those with mental illness, we can laugh and admire his brilliance again and again.