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Robin Williams: Someone to remember

It was announced on Monday, August 11, 2014, that Robin Williams had been found dead in his home in Tiburon, California. He was 63. His death has been classified as a suicide. Robin Williams touched many lives over the years.

Robin Williams began his acting career began with his Mork from Ork character on Happy Days, which was then turned into its own sitcom of Mork and Mindy. Many movies were also in store: Popeye, Dead Poet's Society, Jumanji, and others. He made a switch back to the small screen this past year in The Crazy Ones. He has provided viewers with laughter, tears, passion, and other emotions throughout the years; but, mostly laughter. His humor seemed to come naturally, and without hesitation.

But, behind the humor must have been a very sad man. Reports say that Robin Williams dealt with depression. Depression is common for many people. It is an illness that hides itself, especially since those who deal with it have a tendency to hide when it creeps up on them. Depression is a difficult illness, as it can disguise itself in many ways. According to Kowalski and Westen (2011), "Occasional blue periods are a common response to life events such as the loss of a job, end of a relationship, or death of a loved one, events that can temporarily lower self-esteem. In a depressive disorder, however, the sadness may emerge without a clear trigger, or precipitant; continue longer than one would reasonably expect; or be far more intense than normal sadness, including intense feelings of worthlessness or even delusions," (Psychology, 6th ed., p. 557, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). People with high personal standards and high expectations can set their goals too high. When this happens, feelings of worthlessness take over and they may fall into heavy depression. If not treated in an appropriate way, the depressed state can cause people to lose self-esteem, make faulty judgments, and treat themselves in a harsh manner (Theories of Personality, 7th ed., New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.). If these feelings escalate, suicide seems like the only answer. Such a sad result.

Robin Williams had a life filled with acting and second-chances. When filming, "take two" is usually not a problem, when it wasn't right the first time. Suicide does not allow for a second chance. It is final.

2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 says, "We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed," (Good News Bible, 1979, New York, NY: American Bible Society). Robin Williams must have felt terribly alone and unsure of himself to do what he did to end his life. His actions leave the public with a huge void and much sadness. Although the Bible speaks against suicide; that one's death is to be decided by God alone. It is not our place to judge. It is between Robin Williams and God as to what happens to him now. In prayer, may our kind and merciful God help Robin Williams finally find peace.

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