Anyone who knows me knows that's almost impossible to fathom. I talk constantly. Mostly to myself, but I talk. A lot.
We were watching QI on DVD at home and my Mom called with the news that Robin Williams was dead of an apparent suicide. Speechless doesn't begin to cover how I feel.
I cried. Honestly. Celebrity deaths typically don't affect me other than, well, that's sad. This one is different. The last time I cried about the death of someone I wasn't either related to or intimately familiar with was Dale Earnhardt.
I grew up with Robin Williams, I watched Mork and Mindy religiously. His stand ups are just genius. When I had children they watched Aladdin. Repeatedly.
Good Morning Vietnam was amazing. (And still one of my all-time favorites.) Seemed like he had no limits to what he could do. Comedy, drama, you name it.
But, he had his kryptonite. Addiction. Cocaine, alcohol. Which was (most likely) the cause of his depression. I know what that is like. Depression is a walking nightmare. It's not something you can just 'smile away' or 'suck it up'. It took antidepressants to get mine controlled. That was 10 years, but I can still remember feeling grayscale in a world of color.
It's a dark and rainy day here in Chapel Hill. Fits with my emotions.
RIP, Robin. You may have lived in the shadows of your own mind, but you made everyone else enjoy life and love and happiness. Rest now, your fight is over.
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