I had a big post planned out, but instead I’m going to share this.
Robin William’s death is hitting me strangely hard for someone I never met. Likely, a mix between the fact that I can relate to the struggles of depression and mental illness, but also, because Robin is a large reason that the ‘Disney’ magic is alive and well in my heart. Because he showed me that adults can dream and be more than just what the world expects of us, and that even the most bland, boring people have within them the capability to become heroes.
Robin taught me how to fly when I thought I could never walk, to crow even when everyone around me said I couldn’t. He taught me that it’s better to be yourself, no matter how strange, instead of trying to hide behind someone you’re not.
I could go on forever the things that I learned from his characters. From my understanding, he was a pretty swell guy in real life too. Kind and approachable, and loving to boot.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and with his children during this time. Thank you for all your laughs and lessons, good sir. I’d like to think you’re chilling with the J-man right now, making him laugh just as hard as you made all of us laugh down here.