robin williams is upstairs at the comedian’s club, hanging with chris farley, john belushi, tony hancock, doodles weaver and freddie prinze. . .
robin had family–children and a loving wife susan. he had success–well, except for the very unfortunate movie patch adams. and he left four movies in varying degrees of completion. including a sequel to mrs. doubtfire and another in the night at the museum franchise. he was a spokesman for st. judge’s children’s hospital. family, creative success, purpose–he had it all. and then on sunday evening, he tried to kill himself by slitting his wrists. unsuccessful at doing anything more than inflicting superficial wounds, he used a belt and a closet door and hung himself.
i have struggled, particularly this past year. with thoughts that i have no purpose, that i have lost some vital connections with my family, that the world would be quite a bit better without me.
i know what it’s like to wake up and think “i’m still here. it’s not time to die. God, can’t this end?” but i have always known that i wouldn’t do anything to harm myself because i don’t want to harm my sons, my stepson, my stepdaughter, and my exhusband that way. and sometimes, just that is enough to keep me going.
so i gotta ask. . .
we miss you, and i’m sorry that there wasn’t anything that could make you stay. . . what is it about the funniest people hiding the greatest sadness? maybe comedy is a compensation for sadness.
August 13th, 2014 at 2:12 am
You certainly do have a purpose! Everybody’s life is a whole lot better with you in it.
August 13th, 2014 at 2:18 am
carolyn, you are the gal that every person needs in their life! i couldn’t have gotten through this without you!
August 13th, 2014 at 2:38 am
Hey, you got ME through Hurricane Sandy! You called up the minute I emailed that it was getting scary.
August 13th, 2014 at 2:46 am
August 13th, 2014 at 5:28 am
Try and remember the thing that worried you a year ago. It’s gone as this moment will be gone a year from now. We’re temporary enough as it is in this world without hurrying anything along. When you stop to help others that are struggling in life, you validate why you’re still here. When you hold your first grandbaby, you want to go on just to be there for them. I have a small dog that is frightened of thunder and lightning. I like to think that when she hears it, she knows that she can depend on me being around to pick her up and let her hide under the covers.
I think I’ve reached a point in life where the thing that is “me” is kind of passing on to the next world, the life around us seems to grow dimmer as we focus on the reality that we were always just visitors here. It’s very important of course for us to be mindful of our obligations as guests so to speak to the “Invitation” to be here. It would be rude to leave early.
August 13th, 2014 at 2:10 pm
I thought he bailed because heâd just been diagnosed with inoperable cancer.
Youâve had eight voters so far?
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August 13th, 2014 at 8:39 pm
i’ve heard it was money troubles but will we ever know? i think it was a somewhat aggressive act to do it in the bedroom next to the one in which his wife slept. i’ve always thought that if i did, i’d make it into an accident.